Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who is eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program?
Anyone can apply for emergency rental assistance no matter their nationality or where they currently live, but preference is given to tribal members.
Everyone who applies must meet the following criteria to qualify for the program:
- Have a rental agreement/lease for the home or be homeless
- Household must have a risk of experiencing homelessness or having housing instability
- Household is experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic
- Household is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income for the county they are living in
Q. How do I know if I am low income?
Income limits depend on the county you live in and the amount of people living in your household. You can find income limits at Income Limits | HUD USER
Q. How are payments distributed?
Checks are sent directly to the property owner/landlord or utility company on the tenants’ behalf.
Q. How do I apply for Emergency Rental Assistance?
You can get a copy of the Emergency Rental Assistance application in our office, by emailing us at email@example.com, or on our website at Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority – The Chehalis Tribe.
Q. What types of costs will Emergency Rental Assistance cover?
ERAP can cover up to 12 months of financial assistance for rent and utility payments, including past due payments. If being evicted or homeless, ERAP can be used for deposit and rent to move to a new unit. ERAP can also be used to temporarily house homeless tenants in a hotel.
Q. What supporting documentation will I need to provide when submitting my ERAP application?
All applicants must provide the following:
- Copy of a signed current lease (unless homeless)
- Copy of ID and Tribal ID (if applicable)
- Current rent bill/statement and/or current utility bill
- Income documentation for all household members (paystubs, child support payments, unemployment statements, W2s, etc.)
More documentation may be requested depending on what was provided on the application.
Q. What supporting documentation do I need to provide to document financial hardship incurred due to the pandemic?
- Unemployment award letter
- Paystubs or other income documents showing a reduction in income
- Documentation for a loss of employment, layoff, or furlough
- Hospital bills or medication bills showing significant increases
- Documentation showing inability to work due to no childcare/school
- Documentation showing loss of self-employment/business income
- Documents showing underlying medical condition requiring staying home to prevent exposure
- Documents showing disability or over the age of 50 and incurring increased costs due to the pandemic
- Any other documentation showing a financial hardship due to the covid-19 pandemic
Q. What supporting documentation can be used to prove income?
Example of income documentation include, but are not limited to:
- W-2 Wage Statements
- 1040 as filed with the IRS for the household with supporting documents
- Form 1099 interest statement, unemployment compensation statement, social security, annuities, retirement funds, pensions, disability or death benefits, and other similar types of periodic receipts
- Bank Statements (covering 2 months minimum prior to the submission of application)
- Paystubs (covering 2 months minimum prior to the submission of application)
- Public assistance benefits
- Child support, alimony, or foster care payments
Q. If I have paid my rent or utilities through other means such as my own savings or assistance from another organization, friends or family, can I get reimbursed?
Unfortunately, no. We cannot use ERAP funds to reimburse for any payments that were already paid.
Q. What if I don’t have access to a scanner or fax machine to submit the required documentation?
You may submit documents by taking a picture of the document and emailing the picture to us, as long as the picture is clear and the document is legible.
Q. How will I know the status of my application?
Once your application has been approved we will send out letters stating you have been accepted to the program. When your award amount is determined you will also receive a letter stating the award amounts. Typically, you will hear from us within a week if your application is approved or denied or if we need additional documentation. If you have questions about the status of your application, you can contact us at 360-273-7723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. How is “household” defined?
The household includes everyone who permanently resides in the home for which ERAP assistance is requested.
Q. How long will it take to receive approval and payment?
Applications are processed as in order as they are turned in, usually applications are processed within a week if all supporting documentation is provided. Once an application is determined eligible a check is typically sent to the landlord or utility provider within a week to two weeks. Applicants who receive notice of incomplete application must provide all necessary information to move their application forward. Funding will not be reserved for incomplete applications.
Q. How far back can ERAP cover for past due bills?
If approved for ERAP, we can cover past due rent and/or utility bills as long as they do not pre-date March 13th 2020.
Q. I have an eviction pending, can this program assist me?
Yes. If you have a pending eviction due to nonpayment of rent and you qualify for the program we can pay any past due amounts, as long as they don’t pre-date March 2020. We can also assist with deposits and rent costs to move the tenants to a new household if needed.