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The CDC moratorium ended on August 26, 2021, but help is available. Apply for money to cover rent and utilities today.

Help for renters

If you’re having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone.

Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Find out what this means for you, and what you can do.

On this page you will find resources for:

What to do if you're struggling to pay rent

Find emergency help for rent and utilities

If you’re having trouble paying for rent and utilities, you’re not alone. The federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program was created to help you cover housing costs and stay in stable housing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Talk to your landlord about a repayment agreement

In addition to applying for emergency rental assistance, now may be the time to start a conversation with your landlord if you're struggling to pay your full rent each month or need to repay past due rent.

Learn about options and how to start the conversation

How to avoid scams

Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to target people looking for rental assistance.

Find resources to help you prevent, recognize, and report scams

If you're worried about eviction or have lost your home

What to look out for before you apply for new rental housing

Many landlords use a tenant screening report to help them decide whether to rent to you, and how much to charge you for a security deposit.

Find out if you have more protections

Talk to a local expert

This can be a lot to navigate. There are local experts who can help, for free or at a low cost.

If your landlord is threatening to evict you, or you need help understanding your rights, talk to a lawyer. You may qualify for free legal aid, based on your income.

Contact your local bar association or legal aid

Take advantage of free housing help

If you’d like help from a local expert, contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s housing counseling program.

Call 800-569-4287 or find a housing counselor