Keeping renters safe and in their homes
The DES Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) now offers rent and utility assistance to eligible Arizona renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households may receive up to $3,500 per month in combined rent and utility assistance for a maximum of 18 months or a total of $63,000 in benefits paid. This 18-month total is the combined total of partial and full months of past-due, current, and future months (this includes all ERAP assistance payments). No further assistance can be paid after 18 months of ERAP benefits have been distributed.
*DES opened its program to residents living within the City of Phoenix on February 12, 2022.
However, City of Phoenix applicant residents that have already applied and received any benefit payment(s) for emergency rental assistance or utilities through the City of Phoenix or Wildfire are not eligible for the DES ERAP program.
If applicants have questions about their existing application, they may call (602) 534-2433.
Renters living in Maricopa (other than City of Phoenix residents), Pima, and Yuma Counties are not eligible for rental assistance through this program but may be eligible for similar programs operated by their city or county. More information about these programs can be found under “Other City and County-Operated Programs” below.
Utility-Only Assistance: Renters in ALL 15 Arizona counties interested in utility-only assistance may apply using Easy Apply in the online ERAP portal.