Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP/ERA2)
UPDATE (JAN. 12, 2022): Because of the success of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and limited availability of remaining funds, Richland County has temporarily halted processing applications for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA1) and Emergency Rental Assistance 2 (ERA2).
The County has requested additional funding and will resume processing applications by priority status once funds are received. Currently, there is no estimated timeline for how soon this could occur.
Applicants can still access account information through the participant portal here and monitor this page for resources and program updates.
Renters facing eviction or needing immediate assistance should use the County’s Government & Community Services resource guide to find contact information for community organizations that might be helpful.
The U.S. Department of Treasury awarded Richland County Government $12.5 million to help local households unable to pay rent and utilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was made available through ERAP, which was enacted in December 2020.
Through ERA2, a similar federal program enacted in March 2021, the County received another $9.9 million to continue supporting renters at risk of eviction.
To date, the County has approved more than $17 million in aid for residents through ERAP and ERA2.