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Struggling to pay rent due to COVID? See if you qualify for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

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The State of Louisiana is launching the U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide emergency rental assistance to Louisiana residents who are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Mar 7, 2021 11:59 AM

The State of Louisiana is launching the U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide emergency rental assistance to Louisiana residents who are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is funded through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 133).

This relief package includes $25 billion for emergency rental assistance, of which $161 million has been allocated to the state to provide assistance in 57 Louisiana parishes. You must apply directly to the program in your parish.

Eligible Parishes:

  • Acadia
  • Allen
  • Ascension
  • Assumption
  • Avoyelles
  • Beauregard
  • Bienville
  • Bossier
  • Caldwell
  • Cameron
  • Catahoula
  • Claiborne
  • Concordia
  • DeSoto
  • East Carroll
  • East Feliciana
  • Evangeline
  • Franklin
  • Grant
  • Iberia
  • Iberville
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Lafourche
  • LaSalle
  • Lincoln
  • Livingston
  • Madison
  • Morehouse
  • Natchitoches
  • Ouachita
  • Plaquemines
  • Pointe Coupee
  • Rapides
  • Red River
  • Richland
  • Sabine
  • St. Bernard
  • St. Charles
  • St. Helena
  • St. James
  • St. John
  • St. Landry
  • St. Martin
  • St. Mary
  • Tangipahoa
  • Tensas
  • Terrebonne
  • Union
  • Vermilion
  • Vernon
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • West Baton Rouge
  • West Carroll
  • West Feliciana
  • Winn

Both landlords and renters may apply.

The program can provide assistance for past-due rent and forward rent payments for applicants.

To apply, click here.

What Does the Program Cover?

The state program provides financial assistance to cover rent costs for Louisiana renters who are behind on their rent and/or at risk of eviction due to COVID-19.

Eligible uses for the program are limited to:

  • ​Past-due rent dating back to as early as April 1, 2020
  • Forward rent paid in increments of up to three months

Program Goals

  • Keep people housed during the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing evictions for failure to pay rent
  • Prioritize applicants who previously applied to the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program (LERAP)
  • Serve the maximum number of households
  • Ensure equitable geographic distribution of assistance
  • Compensate landlords for unpaid rent during COVID-19 eviction moratoria

To learn more about the U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program click here.

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