Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

Louisiana ERAP Treasury Programs:

U.S. Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance program made available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of New Orleans received $11.6 million from Treasury and anticipates receiving approximately $14 million from the State for rental assistance in Orleans Parish.

Louisiana CARES+ Programs:

In an effort to help lessen the outbreak’s economic impacts, the program will provide emergency assistance to renters who are at imminent risk of eviction as a result of shutdowns, closures, layoffs, reduced work hours, or unpaid leave due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced a new program to help renters who have had trouble paying their landlords due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will award up to $2,000 for tenants.

Administered by the Providence House, the Caddo Emergency Rental Assistance Program set aside $112,000 to help households financially impacted as a result of shutdowns, closures, layoffs, reduced work hours or unpaid leave due to the pandemic.

The Jefferson Parish Community Action Programs (JeffCAP), in partnership with the Jefferson Parish Department of Community Development, is offering rental, mortgage and utility assistance to eligible residents throughout Jefferson Parish who are facing hardships due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Residents must meet eligibility requirements as established by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). CSBG provides one-time emergency rent/mortgage payment assistance to those who did not already receive assistance in 2019. CSBG applications are open June 8 – June 26, 2020.
The Jefferson Parish Community Action Programs (JeffCAP), in partnership with the Jefferson Parish Department of Community Development, is offering rental, mortgage and utility assistance to eligible residents throughout Jefferson Parish who are facing hardships due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Residents must meet eligibility requirements as established by the HUD Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA). This assistance is for those who were impacted by COVID 19. TBRA provides rental assistance through December 31, 2020; however, recipients must be willing to participate in case management activities. TBRA applications will be open June 29 – July 31, 2020.
Monroe City will be offering COVID-19 rental and mortgage assistance. An application will be up on the city website by Friday, May 8, for rental and mortgage assistance.
The Mayor’s Office of Community Development has partnered with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Total Community Action and New Orleans Family Justice Alliance to provide immediate financial and legal assistance for homelessness prevention which includes rental assistance and foreclosure mitigation. Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provides free, civil legal aid to low-income people. They can provide legal assistance for landlord-tenant issues and much more. The program will begin with $500,000 which may be increased as more funding becomes available. The fund is expected to serve approximately 600 households with an average grant amount of $750 per household and is expected to last for 90 days or until such time that the funding is exhausted.
Beginning July 27, 2020, the City’s Office of Community Development will begin taking applications for tenants residing in Orleans Parish who are in imminent danger of being evicted. Funding for this program is extremely limited and will not meet the scale of demand that we know exists. The program is open to members of vulnerable populations as designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
HousingNOLA announces Families 4 Families (F4F), a rental assistance fund aimed at helping housing insecure families live through the COVID-19 pandemic without the fear of eviction by providing a portion of the family’s rent burden for the year.

The City of New Orleans announced that it will start providing $1.5 million in mortgage assistance to small landlords owning eight or fewer rental units and whose rental income has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Finance Authority of New Orleans has established the Community Support Fund (“CSF”) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to provide rent and utilities assistance to quali ed families within Orleans Parish. The Community Support Fund is designed to complement the agency’s other available resources while also expanding its local capacity to address the needs of the vulnerable populations disproportionately stressed by the outbreak.

St. Tammany Parish announces the availability of funds dedicated to assist eligible low income households with emergency rental/mortgage payments through the Department of Grants, Community Action Agency. Due to COVID 19 CAA will process applications through mail and email on a first come, first served basis.

These resources are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to seek specific legal advice for any of the issues as found in this blog.

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