City of Philadelphia launches COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The city of Philadelphia announced its COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program for those in need of housing assistance during the coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic on Friday.
The program is open to renters with a valid current lease who have lost income because of COVID-19. (Note: You do not have to be diagnosed with COVID-19 to be eligible.)
Applications for the program will be accepted at PHLRentAssist.org beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 12. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Visit the website for more information about the program or call 311 if you do not have access to the Internet.
Income guidelines are as follows:
You must provide these documents to apply:
- A copy of your valid, current lease, signed by your landlord;
- Proof of income from before the COVID-19-related income loss for all adult members of the household; and
- An ID that matches the name on your lease.
- You will have to submit:
- The online application
- A Housing Condition Survey
- An affidavit confirming your loss of income due to COVID-19
You are NOT eligible if:
- You live in public housing
- You receive other government rental assistance (Section 8, Housing Choice Vouchers, etc.)
- You have unpaid rent from before April
- You are in the process of being evicted
Funding is limited and if you do not receive funding or need other assistance, visit PhillyTenant.org or call the Philly Tenant Hotline at 267-443-2500 for information about legal options for tenants facing eviction, potential short-term payment assistance and other programs for renters.
Below are some frequently asked programs about program eligibility.
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COVID-19 Testing Sites
A list of available testing sites is provided on the City’s website. Click on “Where Can Someone Get Tested?” The list includes private testing sites being run by hospital systems and other organizations across the city, as well as public testing sites.
If individuals are not able to get tested through their medical provider or do not have a medical provider, they can be tested at one of the public testing sites listed on the website.
Expanded Testing Standards
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now recommending COVID-19 coronavirus testing for anyone regardless of age who has a new cough, is experiencing new shortness of breath, or two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, new loss of taste or smell. The expansion of testing recommendations comes as a result of the increasing availability of coronavirus testing at public health and commercial laboratories. Increased testing for the coronavirus is a key part of the City’s and Pennsylvania’s plan to re-open safely. More details can be found here.
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