BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Office of Community Development has dispersed over $100 million in federal housing assistance to over 20,000 Louisiana residents through the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

The program focuses on paying rent that’s past due and utility costs from April 2020. It is eligible to cover up to three months of future rent and utilities, maybe even late fees as well.

Louisiana renters and landlords must meet ALL of the following requirements to be eligible:

  • They qualify, or previously qualified, for unemployment benefits, exprienced an income reduction or other financial hardship ddue to or during the pandemic
  • They are not current on rent payments or are at risks of eviction
  • Their total household income is at or below 80% of the area median income

Participating landlords may not evict tenants for a minimum of 60 days after the program is over and must forgive late fees, penalties, interest and court costs.

Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes have received direct federal funding and renters in those parishes must apply directly through their programs.

Homeowners affected by the pandemic who are behind on mortgages may also be able to apply for assistance through the Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) program. This program an provide up to $25,000 in assistance per eligible household through the American Rescue Plan Act.

To apply or learn more about ERAP and HAF, click here.