|The State received $247 million for rental and utility assistance through HR133 for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA). This is far more than we spent for emergency rental assistance in 2020 and thus far in 2021 combined. We are confident that we will be able to help many more landlords and tenants over the next nine months.
With the additional support of HORNE, our administrative disaster firm, we have been able to increase the pace of EHAP and POP application review and approval. With the increased pace of funding approvals, we must transition to the federal funds sooner than we had expected. These federal funds require us to collect much more information from tenants, including income documentation and demographics, than we collected for the POP program.
DOH has now transitioned to a more intuitive online application portal that meets new federal requirements. The new ERAP (Emergency Rental Assistance Program) online system became available on March 23.