Get help paying rent during COVID-19

Allegheny County is partnering with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to jointly fund the CARES Rent Relief Program. CARES helps people experiencing job loss or loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.

We are no longer accepting rental assistance applications at this time. If you've submitted an application and still have supporting documentation to submit, please email it to

Who can apply?

  • Renters who have experienced job loss or a reduction in annual income due to COVID-19
  • Landlords who have lost rental income because a renter has experienced job loss or a reduction in income as a result of COVID-19

How do renter's qualify?

  • Renter’s income may not exceed the Area Median Income for Allegheny CountyArea Median Income for Allegheny County (and adjusted for the number of people in the household).
  • Renter must document at least a 30% reduction in income since March 1, 2020, due to COVID-19; OR
  • Renter must have become unemployed, as verified by the PA Department of Labor and Industry, after March 1, 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

What assistance is provided?

  • Up to $750/month per Lessee in state-funded rental assistance for up to nine months.
  • Up to an additional $1250/month in County-funded rental per Lessee who receives state-funded rental assistance in Allegheny County-funded rental assistance to supplement the first six months of state-funded rental assistance.
  • Up to $2000/month per household in County-funded rental assistance for applicants who do not qualify for state-funded rental assistance or for any rental assistance beyond six months for a maximum of nine months.
  • Up to $500/month per household in County funding for gas, electric, and/or internet (water and sewer are not eligible). Additionally the $500/month allocation can pay for any monthly fees listed in the lease (i.e. late fee) and any gas, electric or internet late fees and any court costs.
  • Payments will be made directly to utility companies and/or the landlord on behalf of the renter/lessee for a maximum of nine months of assistance between March and December 2020. [Note: This cap was recently increased from $200/month per household. Renters who already received $200 in funding but have additional eligible expenses can receive up to the new $500 limit retroactively.]

Important dates to remember:

July 6, 2020—November 4, 2020

Recipients of funding will receive it by
November 30, 2020

Funds can be used to pay rent from
March 1, 2020 to December, 2020