COVID-19 Housing Assistance
Emergency Rental Assistance
Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Alabama is now taking applications. Landlord and tenants can apply at www.eraalabama.com. Call Center staff are available at 833-620-2434 to answer questions and help with applications if necessary. ERA Alabama can help renters with past due, current and up to 3 months of expected rent and utility and home energy expenses. Find out more at www.eraalabama.com.
NLIHC’s Emergency Rental Assistance Database
NLIHC COVID-19 Rental Assistance Database – If you are seeking rental assistance funding, find a program near you using NLIHC’s interactive map and table HERE.
Federal Eviction Moratorium Remains in Effect, Despite Court Ruling
The federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remains in effect, despite the Federal District Court of Eastern Texas ruling in Terkel v. CDC on February 25 that the vital measure violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Brian M. Boynton, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, announced on February 27 that the federal government appealed the harmful decision.
House Passes Coronavirus Relief Package with Over $40 Billion for Housing and Homelessness
The House of Representatives passed by a vote of 219 to 212 the “American Rescue Plan Act,” a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package containing $40 billion in essential housing and homelessness assistance, including $26 billion for rental assistance and $5 billion to assist people who are homeless. These investments will help prevent millions of low-income people from losing their homes during the pandemic and will provide cities and states with the resources they need to help people experiencing homelessness find and remain safely housed throughout the duration of the pandemic and beyond.
Rebuild, Rehouse Alabama Project
Rehouse Rebuild Alabama is a housing project whose main purpose is to offer more permanent shelter to low income and previously homeless families. These homes will be purchased in blighted neighborhoods and rehabilitated, thus restoring pride in home ownership, revitalizing the neighborhood, and restoring community.