Alabama rental assistance
Through the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program, you may qualify for help paying outstanding rent and utility bills
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Alabama rental assistance details

What does the program cover?

  • Past due, current and up to three months of expected rent costs
  • Past due, current and up to three months of expected utility and home energy expenses
  • After the initial three months of forward assistance, you can apply for three additional months of assistance if funds are still available
  • Note: The program can cover costs starting as far back as March 13, 2020

How to know if you qualify

Households must have income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), as defined by AHFA. Look up your area median income here >

  •  One or more of the tenant household members have:
    • Qualified for unemployment benefits; OR
  • Attest in writing that due to or during the pandemic, they:
    • Experienced a reduction in household income,
    • Incurred significant costs, or
    • Experienced financial hardship
  • Households must also demonstrate they:
    • Are at risk of homelessness or housing instability by providing an eviction notice or past-due utility or rent notice; OR
    • Live in unsafe or unhealthy housing conditions
  • The unit you are renting must be your primary residence and be located within the State of Alabama
  • Any unpaid rent or utility bills you apply for can only go back to March 13, 2020

Where you live determines how you access funds

Select your county or locality below to get started applying for rental assistance. If your location isn’t listed, please visit ERA Alabama’s site to apply (also linked below). If the local program in your area is not yet operating, ERA Alabama might accept your application. Please call 833-620-2434 for more information.

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