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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Chester County Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance Program (ERAP)

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The Emergency Utility and Rental Assistance program serves Chester County residents and can only be accessed by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting the prompt for "Housing Crisis." 

To access the program, residents must call 2-1-1 to conduct an initial intake and referral to one of Chester County’s five contracted providers

Funding will serve individuals and families that are obligated to pay rent and meet the following three criteria:

  1. Qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship, directly or indirectly, during COVID-19.
  2. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  3. Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median(Income limits are subject to change per guidance from the federal government).
    1. Family of 1 = $52,950
    2. Family of 4 = $75,600

Priority of service shall be prioritized to eligible applicants, including:

  • Households with individual(s) that have been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median.
  • Households with housing- and utility-related arrears that could result in imminent eviction or utility shut-off


For more information please visit: https://www.chesco.org/4905/Rent-Assistance


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