Philadelphia Rental Assistance – Phase 4 Is Open
Phase 4 Facts:
- Funding was authorized by the federal government, and Philadelphia has about $97 million to spend on rental assistance and utility payments.
- Phase 4 should help around 10,000-15,000 renters.
- Landlords and tenants can apply. If a landlord applies, their tenant must be eligible, and they must get written consent from their tenant. If a landlord does not wish to participate, the rental assistance can be paid directly to the tenant.
- Applicants who received funds in Phases 1-3 of PHLRentAssist are eligible to apply for Phase 4, however, applicants may not receive funds for any months which they have previously been paid.
- Tenants are eligible if they meet all three of these criteria:
- Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). View income guidelines here.
- Qualify for unemployment benefits; or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced some other financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Tenants can meet this criterion if they have any past-due rent, past due utilities, received an eviction notice, or are paying over one-third of their household income on rent.
- Assistance for both rent and utilities is available:
- Rent assistance can be provided for up to 18 months total, including back rent and forward rent. However, no more than 3 months of forward rent can be provided at one time. Tenants who receive 3 months of forward rent and have not exceeded the 18 months of total assistance, may reapply for another 3 months of forward rent.
- Applicants with rent arrears must satisfy at least one month of those arrears before applying for forward rent.
- Assistance may only be provided for months of rent after April 2020.
- The total amount of rent assistance cannot exceed $2,000 per month, and that amount may include late fees or other charges passed on by the landlord.
- Utility payments can be provided for up to 18 months total.
- Utility payments must have been accrued on or after March 12, 2020.
- Utility payments can only be for the current month and past-due utility payments(assistance is not available for future months’ utility bills).
- Utility payments can only be for the current month and past-due utility payments (assistance is not available for future months’ utility bills).
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