What Is It?

The Cumberland County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available for eligible households financially impacted by COVID-19. Eligible households are defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets
the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19, OR
  • Has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due, directly or indirectly, to the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income level.


  • All applicants must live in Cumberland County.
  • All applicants must meet income eligibility criteria and must have a documented loss of income due to COVID-19 or during the coronavirus pandemic. Program recipients may not receive rental assistance from other sources to cover the same expense. After 6 months of assistance, applicants will need to provide copies of updated income documentation.
  • Renter households may apply for rent and/or utility assistance (arrears, current and future) for up to 18 months in 3 month increments.
  • Renter households and landlords may need to submit a new application at 12-15 months of assistance.
  • Renter households may seek assistance for any arrears beginning March 13, 2020.
  • Households may return for additional assistance if they continue to have a need.
  • Utilities are limited to electricity, gas, fuel oil, internet, water and sewer and trash removal.
  • Priority is given to those applicants that are below 50% of the area median income or unemployed for 90 days. The program limits eligibility to households with income that does not exceed 80% of area median income.
  • All payments will be made directly to the landlord or utility company, except in extreme circumstances.
80% AMI$55,900$63,900$71,900$79,850$86,250$92,650$99,050$105,450
50% AMI$34,950$39,950$44,950$49,900$53,900$57,900$61,900$65,900