Fairfax County Emergency Rent Assistance Program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Can funds be used for utility costs?
A: This portal is only for landlords to request rental assistance on behalf of their tenants. Utility assistance is available directly to tenants through Coordinated Services Planning
Q: Must the tenant have lived in the home since prior to the covid-19 public health emergency?
Q: Are tenants of federally subsidized housing (e.g., Low Income Housing Credit, Public Housing, or Indian Housing Block Grant-assisted properties) eligible for funding?
A: An eligible household that occupies a federally-subsidized residential or mixed-use property may receive ERA assistance, provided that ERA funds are not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance. If an eligible household receives a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance) and the tenant rent is adjusted according to changes in income, the renter household may not receive ERA assistance. If a household receives rental assistance other than the ERA, the ERA assistance may only be used to pay for costs, such as the tenant-paid portion of rent and utility costs, that are not paid for by the other rental assistance.
Q: For what period of time can assistance be requested?
A: Assistance can be provided for arrears back to, but not before, March 13, 2020. Assistance can be provided for arrears up to 12 months, and for prospective needs up to 3 months.