Questions & Answers
An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
• Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
• Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
• Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median.
Please review the Renter Document Checklist
As of Monday, March 15, the EBR program began receiving applications from renters for the rental assistance program. Landlords will only need to apply if their renter is unable to do so. The landlord application is in progress. To inform that process, landlords should complete a needs assessment on the ebremergencysolutions.com website if they have not yet done so. If you provide an email address, we will notify you when the application period has begun. We will also email you regular communication regarding the program.
Employees and agents of the City-Parish will not disclose any applicant’s personal, confidential information as part of the program. All confidential information of applicants will be kept either in a locked secured storage facility or password protected electronic files. This information will be and unavailable to persons outside of the program.
The City-Parish is developing holistic, community-based solutions to the challenges facing our residents. If you do not qualify for ERAP, but are still in need of assistance, our case managers will direct you to other assistance programs that you may qualify for.
Maximum amounts of assistance will vary on a case-by-case basis. Eligible households may receive up to twelve (12) months of assistance for overdue rent payments, plus an additional three (3) months for future rent payments if determined the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability (if grant funds are available), up to a maximum of $15,000 per household.
Please visit www.unitedstateszipcodes.org to search for the list of zip codes in East Baton Rouge Parish. If your zip code is not listed as being in East Baton Rouge Parish, you will not be eligible for the forthcoming assistance program for East Baton Rouge Parish. You may be eligible for assistance through the State. Please visit www.LAStateRent.com for more information.
Yes, this is a separate program.
Applications will be prioritized for processing as follows:
• Priority 1: Applicants facing imminent eviction AND are either 90 days unemployed OR have a household income at or below 50% AMI
• Priority 2: Applicants facing imminent eviction AND have a household income at or below 80% AMI
• Priority 3: Applicants who applied to the LERAP program in 2020 and were found eligible but did not receive funding
• Priority 4: All other applicants that meet program eligibility requirements
Depending on the funding available the City-Parish may later offer utility assistance for those in need. Currently, the City-Parish is focused on providing rental assistance to prevent evictions.
Applications are being processed as they are received according to program priorities. Current program funds need to be expended by 9/30/2022, but that does not mean it will take this long to provide assistance. Additional funding is also expected.
Please use the forms found on the Resources page of this website.