Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The St. Joseph County Online Application Portal is currently accepting new applications.
Because funds are limited, there is no guarantee of assistance. Assistance will not be awarded after the funds have been exhausted
St. Joseph County’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) is designed to decrease evictions, increase housing stability, and prevent homelessness by helping tenants whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 with rent and utility payments.
ERA can provide eligible tenants with twelve (12) up to fifteen (15) months, for housing stability, of rental assistance. Utility assistance may also be provided to qualifying applicants for past due utilities (electric, gas, water, sewer, and trash) and home energy (fuel oil, wood, coal, pellets, and propane) expenses.
Applicants that indicate one of the following conditions during the initial application phase will receive priority application review.