Delaware County Launches $ 30 Million Phase 2 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Released: December 13, 2021

After a very successful first round of the Delaware County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the county transparently launched a second round of funding to help low-income tenants with rent and utility assistance. as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic economic crisis.

In April 2021, the Delaware County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (DELCO ERA) was launched as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, with a mandate to help low-income residents of Delaware County to stay in their rental accommodation. Delaware County received $ 37.2 million in seed funding for the program, one of thousands of similar rental assistance programs in the county designed to accelerate the country’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.

In just six months, the Delaware County Council is proud to announce that DELCO ERA has fully allocated 100% of the initial $ 37.2 million in emergency rent assistance to residents of the county, helping 5,151 tenants low-income families to stay in their homes. Over $ 29 million in rent assistance and nearly $ 5 million in utility assistance has been provided. In comparison, the national average of ERA spending is only 40% in October 2021.

“We are incredibly proud to have hit 100% of spending in just six months and to have been able to help over 5,000 residents pay their rent and utility bills when they needed them most,” said said Brian Zidek, chairman of the Delaware County Council. “We are grateful to our many community partners who have helped us get the message across that the DELCO ERA program is available to provide essential rent and utility assistance. We have achieved this success through a shared community effort. “

Of the 5,151 residents served by DELCO ERA funds, 89% earn less than 50% of the region’s median income, which is $ 47,250 for a family of four. The program helped 689 households under active eviction proceedings to stay in their homes. Over 57% of funds have been distributed to tenants living in Chester, Upper Darby, Darby and Lansdowne.

“My experience with the program went very well and quickly and my social worker was very helpful. They were there for me at a time when I really needed them, ”said Tashana Murrel, an ERA DELCO recipient. easy experience and I even told other people who were going through tough times as well. It was just a great experience and I am so grateful.

Due to the successful allocation of DELCO ERA funding, Delaware County is receiving additional new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding of $ 30.3 million from the United States Treasury and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The second phase will help DELCO ERA continue to serve tenants and landlords who are still in need as we continue to overcome the COVID pandemic and its effects on our health and economy.

The DELCO ERA program has received more than 13,000 requests for assistance from first-time applicants. On December 15, 2021, DELCO ERA will open subsequent aid applications for tenants who received aid earlier but still face housing instability. The demand for rent and aid to public services persists. DELCO ERA receives an average of 50 new applications per day.

Residents who fell behind on rent and / or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to seek help by registering at or by making an appointment in person at one of our weekly events. The Capital Access, Inc. Customer Service Specialist, Program Manager for DELCO ERA, is available to assist tenants and their landlords with the application process. People with language and / or physical problems can request assistance in submitting their application.

Residents can contact the DELCO ERA program for assistance by phone at (484) 729-4200 or by email at [email protected]

DELCO ERA will continue to offer in-person claims reception services in Upper Darby and the City of Chester to assist residents who do not have internet service or need additional assistance.

To date, over 2,200 tenants and landlords have received in-person application reception services, significantly reducing delays and allowing residents to sign grant agreements in person.

How the DELCO ERA program works:

DELCO ERA will pay overdue rents and utilities, and up to three months of future eligible rents / utilities, totaling up to 18 months of assistance for eligible applicants. Unpaid rent can go back to April 1, 2020. DELCO ERA does not pay late fees or penalties.

Grant funds go directly to the building owner / manager and the utility company. If a landlord does not respond, payments can be made directly to qualifying tenants.

Funds will be distributed on a “first come, first qualified and approved” basis until program funds are exhausted.

Applicants must provide evidence of disruption and / or loss during or due to the COVID pandemic, such as:

Qualified for unemployment benefits during the pandemic or can certify in writing that they, or a member of their household, suffered a reduction in income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the pandemic; and

Can demonstrate a risk of housing instability and / or homelessness such as a utility backlog, overdue rent notice or eviction notice or can attest to this in writing.

Household income cannot exceed 80% of the area median income (AMI) for household size.

Applicants receive the highest priority of processing if the total household income is less than 50% AMI and / or at least one person eligible for unemployment benefits for at least 90 days before the date of their registration with DELCO ERA and / or being processed eviction proceedings and have a Delaware County court case number.

Household size 1 2 3 4 5 6 seven 8
Very low income (50%) $ 33,100 $ 37,800 $ 42,550 $ 47,250 $ 51,050 $ 54,850 $ 58,600 $ 62,400
Low income (80%) $ 52,950 $ 60,500 $ 68,050 $ 75,600 $ 81,650 $ 87,700 $ 93,750 $ 99,800

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