As of Tuesday, December 1st, the Rent Relief Program is closed. The program has expired according to the time frame determined by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Any applications that were submitted but not approved can no longer be reviewed or processed.
If you are in need of rent or other assistance, please call our office for other referrals at 570-517-3954.
Additional Info and Who Qualifies:
- Rent Relief Program Guidelines
- Application Fact Sheet
- County Income Limits
- Frequently Asked Questions
To learn more about the current nationwide Eviction Moratorium, please click here: CDC Eviction Moratorium FAQ
The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $4.9 billion in economic relief funds for Pennsylvania according to the US Treasury website. Pennsylvania’s General Assembly allocated $150 million of those funds to Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to be distributed to Pennsylvania’s 67 counties for rental assistance.
To be eligible for the rent relief program you must be a renter and a resident of Monroe County at the time of your application. You must be able to document at least a 30% reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or you must have become unemployed after March 1 according to program guidelines. If unemployed you must have filed for unemployment compensation. In addition, your household income cannot exceed 100% of the Area Median Income for Monroe County, which will be adjusted according to household size.
Renters who qualify may receive assistance equal to 100% of their monthly rent up to $750 a month for a maximum of six months. Payments will be made directly to landlords. Funds will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.