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.

Applications can be submitted through September 30, 2020

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 household in state-funded rental assistance;
  • Up to $750/month per household in Allegheny County-funded rental assistance
  • Up to $200/month per household in County funding to cover additional household costs for gas, electric, and/or internet; late fees charged by the landlord and/or utility company; and/or court costs
  • Payments will be made directly to the landlord and utility companies on behalf of the renter for a maximum of six months of assistance between March 1 and November 30, 2020 (may include December rent).

Important dates to remember:

July 6, 2020—September 30, 2020

Recipients of PHFA funding will receive it by
November 30, 2020

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