Arkansas Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
Arkansas ERAP Treasury Programs:
Benton County residents needing rental assistance due to the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for the new federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program. To apply, complete our Hark contact form or if you prefer to speak to someone on the phone, call 2-1-1.
Fayetteville Housing Authority ONLY received $1.5 Million which will serve approximately 350 families. Residents of Springdale should apply at the Springdale Housing Authority. Applications will be open until February 22 at 8 AM. After this time, there will be a lottery based that will prioritize the most vulnerable. More details will be published in the coming days.
Arkansas CARES+ Programs:
Arkansans who have lost income because of the covid-19 pandemic can apply for federally funded rental assistance through nonprofits, local governments and other organizations that provide homelessness prevention and rehousing services, the state Department of Human Services announced. The state has received $23 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to serve residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Those services include homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing, street outreach and emergency shelter, according to a department news release.
Through recent state legislative action, the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association has received $10 million in federal grant funds to provide rental assistance to low-to-middle-income Arkansas residents through the Arkansas COVID-19 Fresh Start Housing Stabilization Program.
Local non-profits have streamlined the process for families who need rental assistance due to COVID-19. A community fund has been set up to house donations and an allocation committee is in place to distribute funds based on need over the next 60 days.
Thanks to a grant awarded to the city of Jonesboro, emergency rental assistance will become available for citizens who qualify. Lakyn Williams, city grant writer, said the city was awarded the 2019 COVID-19 Emergency Solutions Grant of $105,000 for renters who face eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.