Apr 12

DC $350 Million Rental Assistance Fund

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Washington, DC’s Mayor announced today a $350 Million program to assist landlords and tenants with unpaid rent.  The programs is called Stronger Together by Assisting You (STAY DC). Residential landlords and tenants can apply for the grant to cover past and future rental payments in addition to utilities like water, gas, and electricity.

DC’s press release states, “To qualify for STAY DC, you must be a renter or housing provider in the District who is at risk, or has a tenant at risk, of not paying rent or utilities on a residential dwelling. An applicant’s total 2020 annual household income, as set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, may not exceed designated levels according to household size. For example, a family of four must make less than $79,600. Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance going back to April 1, 2020, and 3 months of assistance for future payments at a time for a total of 18 months of assistance.”

Renters and housing providers can begin submitting applications for rental and utility assistance today at stay.dc.gov. Applicants can call the STAY DC Call Center at 833-4-STAYDC for assistance. More information can also be found at https://dhcd.dc.gov/service/covid-19-rental-assistance.  A copy of the FAQs can be found here.

Please contact our office at 202-269-3333 with any questions.