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The City of Baton Rouge–Parish of East Baton Rouge (“City-Parish”) is reopening intake for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This application is for renters who reside in East Baton Rouge Parish and were economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic through job loss, furlough, or reduction in hours or pay. First time applicants will be prioritized over applicants who have previously received rental assistance through ERAP. If you have already received assistance from ERAP, we cannot take your application at this time as ERAP is prioritizing first-time applicants. If you have received assistance from ERAP previously, please complete the needs assessment at the bottom of this page and the ERAP Team will contact you if funding is left after serving the first-time applicants. ERAP will not provide rental assistance to landlords and tenants in a single-room rental situation or in situations where the landlord has homestead exemption on the rental property. Landlords will be required to provide a documented history of three months of rental payments/deposits—no handwritten receipts will be accepted.
Before you apply:
• Have you or someone in your household experiences financial hardship "during" the pandemic?
• Is your rental unit in East Baton Rouge Parish? If you are not sure, please visit www.unitedstateszipcodes.org to search for the list of zip codes in East Baton Rouge Parish. If you are not located in East Baton Rouge Parish, you will not be eligible for the assistance program for East Baton Rouge Parish and should not complete the application for this program.
• Are you a renter or a landlord? This application is for renters only.
• An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
o Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic;
o Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
o Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI).
In order for your application to be considered complete and ready for processing, you must upload the following documents with your application. See Renter Document Checklist (ebremergencysolutions.com) for examples of allowable documents:
• Income Documentation
• Proof of Occupancy
• Proof of Obligation to Pay Rent
• Proof of Current Housing Instability
• Photo Identification
EBR ERAP is accepting applications for rental assistance until all grant funds have been exhausted. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. Review the EBR ERAP Policy Document on the Resources tab for more information on the prioritization of applicants.
- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome
Like many communities around the country, EBR Parish is experiencing a public health emergency that continues to bring unexpected and difficult economic circumstances for many of our residents, through no fault of their own.
As federal resources continue to roll down to our community, it is important that we determine the true needs so we can develop and expand partnerships and programs coordinated across multiple agencies to help residents get current on rent and ultimately keep people in their homes, as well as addressing other needs that contribute to basic quality of life.