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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Applications Available

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Do you rent your home in Wyoming and have been unable to make rent, internet and utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic? You may be eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which opened on April 29.  ERAP applications are available online at at dfs.wyo.gov/erap.
“The flexibility of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program gives us the opportunity to help more people keep a roof over their head and focus on getting back up on their feet,” Department of Family Services Director Korin Schmidt said. “The new program has been expanded to include the internet and utilities and pays current and future unpaid bills for eligible Wyoming renters.”
There are four criteria to be eligible for ERAP from the State of Wyoming:
1. One or more individuals within the household is obligated to pay rent on a home in Wyoming or has unpaid rent on a previous residence that is located in Wyoming.  If living on the Wind River Reservation, renters may be eligible for assistance through the Eastern Shoshone ERAP or Northern Arapaho ERAP.
2. Total household income is equal to or less than eighty percent (80%) of the area median income.
3. One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced financial loss due, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19.
4. One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing stability
Eligible households can obtain assistance for unpaid current and future rent, internet and utility payments. Eligible utility costs include electricity, energy costs (fuel, oil, propane), water and sewer, and internet service (up to $50 per month). Other eligible expenses, done on a case by case basis, may include reasonable relocation expenses, security deposits and reasonable late fees. 
Unpaid bills must be for services on or after March 13, 2020 and can be on a former residence in Wyoming. There is no monetary limit, and eligible applications can receive assistance for up to 15 months.
Renters must submit the applications for assistance online at dfs.wyo.gov/erap. Landlords can apply with the written permission of the renter. There is no copay or application fee.  ERAP directly pays landlords and utility companies for unpaid bills on behalf of eligible renters in Wyoming.
If you need assistance with an application, there are community based organizations set up in Albany County please call 307-721-2504.

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