Jefferson County, Alabama

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)


Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP)

How to submit- instructions for in progress applications


Suite A-430
716 Richard Arrington Jr., Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5761
Fax: (205) 325-5095
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program was established by section 501 of Division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Act). The Act allocated $25 billion to the U. S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) to provide funds directly to states, territories, local governments, and Indian tribes for households that are unable to pay their rent and utilities due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jefferson County, Alabama received $13,502,418 for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program funding may only be used to provide financial assistance for rent, utility and home energy, and other expense related to housing. All household applicants, landlords, utilities, and home energy service providers must provide an attestation that all information included in the application for assistance is true, correct, and complete.

The Code of Federal Domestic Assistance number for the Emergency Rental Assistance funding is 21.023.

Program Description

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides emergency rental and utility assistance grants to eligible individuals and households that have been economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furlough or reduction in hours or pay, or increased expenses, residing in eligible areas of the County of Jefferson, Alabama (see the Property Requirements section).

Emergency grants for rental and/or utility payments are made on behalf of an eligible applicant household, without a prescribed limit per month for a period of up to twelve (12) months, to maintain stable housing and/or to reduce rental or utility payment delinquencies as a result of the economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic. Households may request, if needed for housing stability, an additional three (3) months assistance if funding is available. Household assistance may not exceed fifteen (15) months for rent, rental arrears, and prospective rent (see the Type and Use of Assistance Available section).

All expenses funded through the Jefferson County ERAP must adhere to the provisions of the Consolidate Appropriations Act, 2021, the U.S. Treasury and Treasury OIG guidance, and the Jefferson County ERAP Guidelines.