Emergency Rental & Utility Relief Program
United Way of Forsyth County is one of two agencies assisting Forsyth County residents apply for the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), managed and administered by Forsyth County Government. The ERAP program can help qualified renters with past due rent and utilities due to financial hardship caused by the impacts of COVID-19. If approved, payments will be made directly to landlords and/or utility providers by Forsyth County Government. Applications for assistance will begin no earlier than Monday, March 8th.
Before proceeding, you must answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:
- Are you a Resident of Forsyth County, Georgia?
- Did at least one person in the household experience unemployment, reduction in household income due to COVID-19 or experience other financial hardships due to COVID-19?
- Is your household at risk of homelessness or demonstrating housing instability?
- Is your need for rental and/or utility assistance?
- Is your total gross household income (including gross income from all individuals living in the household) below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) based on the number of persons in your household? (based on gross income)
Who is eligible to apply?
Those Forsyth County renter households with a combined gross household income less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) who meet the following conditions:
- Qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, or experienced other financial hardship due to COVID-19; and
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; AND
- Has a gross household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median income (AMI) with priority given to: 1) households below 50 percent of the AMI, or 2) households with one or more individuals who have been unemployed 90 days or longer at the time of application
What documents will a tenant need to provide with the application?
At this time, renters will need the following general types of documents/items (e.g., copies, pictures, screenshots, etc. - must be clearly legible) along with their signed, fully completed application and Release of Information (ROI) form.
- Identification (State ID or a passport)
- Last 2 paycheck stubs from present employer OR if not working, from the last employer
- Members of your household that are self-employed, provide your 1099 forms from the previous year and proof of any other business -related income and expenses for the last 12 months. This includes receipts, job estimates, or notarized statements from customers showing what they have paid you. Expenses must be verified by purchase receipts or payroll verification for your employees.
- Proof of unemployment qualification from Department of Labor and separation letter from employer if applicable OR documents showing a reduction in income, significant costs, or financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus.
- Documentation for other sources of household income (Family & Children Services, Food Stamps, TANF, Unemployment, W-2 or 1099 income, Disability, Social Security, Child Support, Pension, etc.)
- Income tax filings from 2020 filed with all W-2 or 1099 forms, including 1099G Form regarding unemployment received
- If you did not file, you must present a WG15 form from the Georgia Department of Labor with your earnings for the last four quarters. (This form can be obtained by making an in-person request at any Department of Labor Office with a photo ID)
- If unemployed, provide documentation verifying your unemployment
- Copy of current lease showing the renter names, address, amount owed, term of the lease, landlord information and mailing address. Include past due rent notice or past due utility bills; ledger of rental payments and balance due from landlord, check stubs, bank statements and receipts that establish a pattern of paying rent.
- If applying for utility assistance, copies of your most recent utility bills showing your name, the amount owed, the utility provider and account number. If you have a prepaid utility account, provide 3 most recent invoices that indicate the cost of your monthly consumption.
Who is NOT eligible?
- Renter households that have gross household incomes above 80% of Area Median Income.
- Renter households that cannot show a ‘COVID-19 hardship’ and no risk of homelessness or housing instability through an eviction notice or a past due rent statement.
- Renter households that receive a monthly federal subsidy (e.g. Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Project Based Section 8) where the tenant rent is adjusted according to changes in income may not receive ERAP assistance.
Click here for the Application form (required, please include original signature and detailed statement/attestation of the events surrounding the need for assistance as it relates to the impacts of COVID-19)
Click here for the Release of Information Form (required)
Send your completed and signed Application form, Release of Information Form, copy of photo ID and all supporting documents to ERAP@unitedwayforsyth.com.
Call our office with any questions 770.781.4110
Note: United Way of Forsyth County works to gather information and documentation to support the case for rental and/or utility assistance due to the impacts of COVID-19 for submission to Forsyth County Government for consideration. Forsyth County makes all determinations as to approval or denial of requests. Should the request be approved, Forsyth County will determine the amount of assistance provided and make disbursements directly to landlord and/or utility providers. This process typically takes approximately 4 weeks from the time the case is submitted to Forsyth County for a determination to be made. Applicants will be notified by Forsyth County as to the approval or denial of the request for assistance.
Applications must be qualified and submitted to Forsyth County Government by September 30 to be considered for the local program. Applications for assistance after September 30, should be submitted through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Go to www.georgiarentalassistance.ga.gov for information.