Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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St. Joseph County’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) is designed to decrease evictions, increase housing stability, and prevent homelessness by helping tenants whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 with rent and utility payments. 

ERA can provide eligible tenants with up to twelve (12) months of rental assistance. Utility assistance may also be provided to qualifying applicants for past due utilities (electric, gas, water, sewer, and trash) and home energy (fuel oil, wood, coal, pellets, and propane) expenses.

The St. Joseph County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program may provide temporary rental and utility assistance for applicants who meet all of the following;
  • Are currently a resident of St. Joseph County;
  • Name appears on the rental lease;
  • Income is less than 80% of the median household income in St. Joseph County; and
  • Demonstrate housing instability or risk of homelessness due to COVID-19
Applicants MUST meet one of the following three requirements and provide documents as proof.
  1. A member of the applicant's household has received unemployment benefits since April 1, 2020
  2. The applicant's household has experienced a reduction in household income due to an involuntary job layoff, reduced work hours, or reduced pay
  3. The applicant's household incurred significant costs or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19

ENLACE DE INQUILINO EN ESPANOLhttps://sjcindiana.communityos.org/initial-tenant-spanish 
        Already received ERA Assistance and need additional help?
        SJC ERA Reapplication Form: SJC ERA Reapplication Form 

LANDLORD  APPLICATION (on behalf of tenant): ** Please note, tenant cooperation is still required during the review process.

 LANDLORD LINK: https://sjcindiana.communityos.org/initial-landlord-entry 

Need additional assistance applying? Contact one of our partner agencies below.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

520 Crescent Ave. South Bend, IN 46617

Phone: 574-234-6000

Web: https://www.svdpsb.org

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc.

1817 Miami Street, South Bend, IN 46613

Phone: 574-234-3111

Web: https://www.ccfwsb.org

REAL Services, Inc.

1151 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN 46601

Phone: 574-284-2061

Web: https://realservices.org

Email: rentalassist@realservices.org

United Religious Community of St. Joseph County

501 N. Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601

Phone: 574-282-2397 x 2

Web: https://www.urcsjc.org/

Email: urcsjc@gmail.com 

Indiana Parenting Institute of St. Joseph County

215 W. Madison St. South Bend, IN 46601

Phone: 574-404-6170

Web: https://ipi-sjc.org/

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