Bill Would Expand, Expedite Help to Renters, Landlords Under Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 4:15pm

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, introduced legislation Tuesday to alter the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. H.R. 5196, Expediting Assistance to Renters and Landlords Act of 2021, aims to expedite the processing of applications so ERA grantees can hasten the delivery of assistance. Changes include expanding eligibility criteria to cover hardships that happened during the pandemic; codifying that tenants are allowed to identify themselves as eligible; and extended the time period during which a household may receive either ERA 1 or ERA 2 assistance. The text of the bill was not immediately available.

Novogradac’s Emergency Rental Assistance team is available to assist both grantees and grant recipients in navigating the ERA program.