DELCO Emergency Rental Assistance

DELCO Emergency Rental Assistance
DELCO Emergency Rental Assistance


The DELCO Emergency Rental Assistance (DELCO ERA) grant program helps renters who suffered disruption and loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic with assistance with rent and utilities. The U.S. Treasury and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania allocated $37.2 million to fund DELCO ERA. The County engaged Capital Access, Inc, a grants management firm based in the Delaware Valley, to assist with program management. All funds must be expended by end of 2021.

How does the program work?

DELCO ERA will pay up to 12 months for past due rent and your largest past-due utility bill. For verified Priority 1 applications, up to three (3) months of future rent and utility may be paid totaling up to 15 months of assistance. Past due rent can go as far back as April 1, 2020. DELCO ERA does not pay for deposits.

No more than one (1) application per household.

Grant funds are paid directly to your landlord/property manager and utility on your behalf.

Funds will be distributed on a “first come, first qualified and approved” basis until program funds are depleted.

Eligible applicants must earn 80% or less of area median income (AMI) for household size. (See below)

Priority 1 for processing will be given to households where at least one of the following is true:

Total household income no greater than 50% of Area Median Income;

At least 1 person unemployed who has an active claim with the Office of Unemployment Compensation for at least the 90 days prior to the date of Registration with this Program;

Facing eviction in Common Pleas Court, filed on or before January 31, 2021 for the reason of non-payment of rent.

People with language and/or physical or related challenges can request assistance with application submission.

How Can I/We Qualify for Assistance?

To qualify for DELCO ERA assistance, you must meet all of the following criteria:

Household income must be no more than 80% of area median income. Priority will be given to households at or below 50% AMI.