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COVID-19 Rental Assistance

The Department of Housing and Community Development has developed a rental assistance program to assist residents with paying their rent during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP)

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has developed the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP), a $6.2 million program funded by the federal CARES Act and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) offering rental assistance to low-income renters who are in arrears.

Financial assistance will be based on income and household size as tenants must earn 80% of the Median Family Income (MFI) or below to qualify. Until further notice, the income limits are listed below. District residents will have to demonstrate that they are delinquent on rent or are unable to pay rent due because they have lost employment due to COVID-19. Applicants must not receive another housing subsidy including Section 8, public housing or benefit from a Housing Choice Voucher (HCVP). Assistance can be applied for rent from April 2020 onward for up to 6 months of overdue rent depending on available funds.

CBDG Limits effective July 2020 until further notice from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Household Size 80% MFI per Month


2 $5,308.33
3 $5,970.83
4 $6,633.33
5 $7,166.67
6 $7,695.83
7 $8,229.17
8 $8,758.33

Interested applicants are asked to fill out an application here. If applicants need assistance filling out the application, they should reach out to one of the following three community based organizations (CBO) -the Greater Washington Urban League, Housing Counseling Services and United Planning Organization. Each CBO will take applications, certify income, and make payments to approved applicants by appointment only. Please contact any organization with questions on the program and application process.

Organization Phone Email
Greater Washington Urban League 202-524-8175 [email protected]
Housing Counseling Services 202-667-7713 [email protected]
United Planning Organization (202) 231-7910 or (202) 231-7922 [email protected]

Please know that applicants will be asked to complete additional application forms and provide documentation to demonstrate their eligibility. The following is a basic list of documents you may need to provide to your CBO, they may ask for additional documentation to determine your eligibility for assistance.

  • Application form
  • Valid DC Photo ID for all household members 18 above
  • Proof of your COVID related emergency e.g. termination of employment
  • Current Lease Agreement
  • Documentation of Back Rent Owed e.g. Rent Ledger from your landlord
  • Proof of income eligibility for all adults over 18, for all wages earned in the last 60 days of the application date.
    • e.g. checking and savings account statements, unemployment or emergency benefits, transaction histories from CashApp/ Venmo etc.
    • If a resident is 18 years or older and a full-time student, proof of current enrollment will be needed, and special rules will apply for their income calculation

Click here to apply and read more about this program.

Learn more about all housing recovered assistance by visiting the District's Coronavirus website.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Fact Sheets

Rental Assistance Program Fact Sheet - Amharic (አማርኛ)

Rental Assistance Program Fact Sheet - Chinese (中文)

Rental Assistance Program Fact Sheet - French (Français)

Rental Assistance Program Fact Sheet - Korean (한국어)

Rental Assistance Program Fact Sheet - Spanish (Español)

Rental Assistance Program Fact Sheet - Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)

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