In an effort to help lessen the outbreak’s economic impacts, the program will provide emergency assistance to renters who are at imminent risk of eviction as a result of shutdowns, closures, layoffs, reduced work hours, or unpaid leave due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Eligible applicants will receive assistance for rent in a one-time, lump-sum payment made directly to property owners or management companies. The total assistance amount will depend on income eligibility.
A representative from the LHC will contact all applicants who receive preliminary eligibility within 30 days via phone, to continue the application process. Ineligible applicants will receive notice by mail.
If your application is approved, rental payment(s) will be sent directly to the landlord or property owner.
LHC has partnered with Louisiana 211 to assist applicants with the pre-screening application. Renters who would like to speak directly to a representative will be able to apply for the program by calling 2-1-1. Individuals who do not have access to the internet or a smartphone can also call 2-1-1 to receive assistance.
As the landlord, you are acknowledging that your tenant is applying for rental assistance through the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program. You are acknowledging that the funds provided are to go only toward rent payments for your tenant and any monies provided to you through this program beyond what is owed must be used towards future rent payments for your tenant.
For the renter to participate, the landlord must:
Applicants must initiate the first step in the application process at LaRentHelp.com, texting the keyword LaRentHelp to 898-211 to receive a link, or by dialing 2-1-1 to speak to a representative for assistance. The Louisiana Housing Corporation will contact applicants for the second step where they will be asked to submit required documents. After all required documents are submitted, eligibility will be determined by the Louisiana Housing Corporation. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application using the address provided in the first application step.
No, there is no set deadline for application submissions. Applications will be accepted until all program funds are fully expended. However, funds are limited.
Yes, if you have experienced a loss or decrease in income due to COVID-19 and receive unemployment benefits, you may apply for emergency rental assistance.
After the first step in the application is submitted online or with 211 assistance, the Louisiana Housing Corporation anticipates that contact will be made within 30 days.
Within 30 days of submitting all of the required documentation.
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