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Allegheny County CARES Rent Relief Program

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

This program helps people experiencing job loss or loss of income as a result of COVID-19, and can provide rental assistance.

Who can apply?

  • Renters who have experienced job loss or a reduction in annual income due to COVID-19

  • Landlords who have lost rental income because a renter has experienced job loss or a reduction in income as a result of COVID-19

How do renter's qualify?

  • Renter’s income may not exceed the Area Median Income for Allegheny County (and adjusted for the number of people in the household).

  • Renter must document at least a 30% reduction in income since March 1, 2020, due to COVID-19; OR

  • Renter must have become unemployed, as verified by the PA Department of Labor and Industry, after March 1, 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

What assistance is provided?

  • Up to $750/month per household in state-funded rental assistance;

  • Up to $750/month per household in Allegheny County-funded rental assistance

  • Up to $200/month per household in County funding to cover additional household costs for gas, electric, and/or internet; late fees charged by the landlord and/or utility company; and/or court costs

  • Payments will be made to the landlord on behalf of the renter for a maximum of six months of assistance between March 1 and November 30, 2020 (may include December rent).

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