Frequently Asked Questions
You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. Check out our ERAP Frequently Asked Questions below about the ERAP.
Who can apply?
- Property owners, landlords or property managers leasing a property to a tenant(s) assisted by BRHP’s Baltimore Housing Mobility Program. The ERAP is for BRHP-assisted households.
- Participants of Baltimore Housing Mobility Program whose landlords will not apply for funding on their behalf. You must have an active voucher with BRHP and the head of household must submit an application.
Am I eligible for assistance?
- All BRHP-assisted households are eligible to receive assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent and utilities that is not subsidized that has accrued since March 13, 2020.
- This means, if you are a current participant with the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program with an active voucher, you are eligible to receive this assistance.
I applied to another Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), but have not yet received payment. Am I eligible to apply for BRHP’s ERAP?
- BRHP will review the household’s income and sources of assistance to confirm that the ERAP assistance does not duplicate any other assistance, including federal, state, or local assistance provided for the same costs.
- If you’ve already received ERAP payments, you do not qualify for BRHP’s ERAP.
- BRHP will share information with participating jurisdictions to ensure that duplicate assistance is not provided.
How do I apply?
The application is available on our website. Click this link to submit your application. You will hear from one of our BRHP counselors shortly after submitting your application.
What can the assistance go towards?
Assistance can be used for rental arrears, utility and home energy cost arrears, prospective utility and home energy costs, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak since March 13, 2020.
Can landlords and tenants both apply?
- Yes, BRHP will cross reference the applications upon receival so there is no duplication of payment.
- While a landlord can initiate the application process for the tenant, ultimately an application cannot be submitted without the consent and certification of the tenant. Each application requires household-specific information.
- If a landlord starts an application for a household, the household must still submit all required information. If a tenant is unwilling to sign the application, assistance cannot be provided.
Can I apply on behalf of more than one of my BRHP-assisted households?
Yes, the assistance is provided per household.
What if my landlord will not apply for assistance on my behalf?
- If your landlord is not willing to participate in the program or is unresponsive, you may still apply for rental assistance.
- BRHP will work to obtain the cooperation of your landlord, because it is best if both parties are willing to participate. We want to keep you housed and we want to make sure your landlord is made whole with payments.
How much assistance will I receive?
Each household will be reviewed for up to 15 total months of assistance.
Who receives the payment?
- Payments will be made directly to the landlord or utility company whenever possible.
- If a landlord is not willing to accept payment and/or participate in ERAP, BRHP will make payment directly to the tenant.
When can I expect payment?
Payment can be expected within 90 days of approval.
Can my landlord still evict me after receiving payment?
No, landlords who receive payments directly from the program must agree to specific requirements as part of the application, and this includes a moratorium on new eviction filings for at least 90 days after the receipt of financial assistance.
Can I still apply if I had BRHP-assisted tenant who has since moved out, but has outstanding payments?
Yes, assistance can cover past outstanding payments for BRHP-assisted tenants that have since vacated your unit.