Wayne County Emergency Rental Assistance Program to close on November 15

Program assisted more than 4,500 Wayne County residents

Wayne County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will close its application portal on Tuesday, November 15,
2022, after more than a year of helping thousands of Wayne County residents. ERAP was launched in September 2021,
in the middle of the pandemic after receiving an allocation of $32 million for rental assistance from the federal American
Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
“The economic impact of COVID-19 has had a severe effect on many of our residents; disproportionately impacting
renter households. Losing your home is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family, and we wanted
to prevent that for as many of our residents as we could,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “As the entire
country continues to recover, I’m proud of the hundreds of at-risk families we were able to help with ERAP. Naturally, I
wish we could have done even more, but at least we were able to make life easier for many.”
Throughout its duration, ERAP aided with rental and utility arrears, relocation costs (security deposit assistance), and
utility assistance. The program received over 20,000 tenant applications. More than $13 million in rental and utility
assistance has been provided so far to tenants. The following is a more detailed breakdown of how the funds were used:

o More than 4,500 Wayne County residents (and counting) have been served
o Approximately 70 % of applicants assisted were female, 30% male
o Over $13 million in rental and utility assistance to tenants
o Over $1.2 million in rental arrears were paid directly to landlords
o Over $500,000 was spent in payment of utility arrears
o Additional $4 million partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency was created to provide
eligible aid to other vulnerable populations not served by ERAP
▪ $1.5 million was spent for rental assistance, $259,000 for utility assistance, and $2.1 million for
refugee hoteling
▪ An additional 1,000+ Wayne County residents were served via this partnership
• Approximately 70% of those assisted were female, 30% male
For more information, visit our website at: www.waynecounty.com/rentalassistance

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