LANCASTER, Pa. (WTHM) — Lancaster County organizations and the Barnstormers are working together to help people apply for assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program offers financial help for individuals who are unable to pay for rent or utilities.
On Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24, at Clipper Magazine Stadium, Lancaster County residents who need help can get assistance applying for the program. Lancastrians are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later, as the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of the month.
At the event, tenants can get help starting ERAP applications, get advice for completing their applications, and get help uploading documents for their applications.
“What we’re calling Rent and Utilities Assistance Community Days is just that — helping the community get the assistance that they need to remain housed,” Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities Executive Director Justin Eby said.
The LCHRA is leading the effort to distribute ERAP funding in Lancaster County, working with other local organizations and housing agencies.
“While the eviction moratorium is ending, we know some folks are struggling to pay their rent. Please apply now, and if you need help in the future, you can apply then,” Eby said.
Eby also reminds individuals that ERAP doesn’t just help with rent; it also provides funding to assist renters with utility payments.
The first day of the event at Clipper Magazine Stadium is this Friday from noon to 7 p.m. The second day of the event is this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-ins will not be turned away, but individuals are encouraged to register in advance at this link.
Eby also encourages individuals attending the event to bring along documents like a signed lease or income information that are needed to apply for the program.
For those who are unable to attend the event, LCHRA has a helpline for the program that can be reached at 717-590-3101. Individuals can also call 2-1-1 for assistance with housing and other challenges.
Tenfold’s Housing Equality and Equity Institute is another resource available to Lancaster County residents.
And for people who are looking for in-person assistance applying to ERAP but aren’t able to attend this weekend’s community days, Eby noted that there are 17 locations around the county that regularly offer in-person help. Those places are listed here.
Although there is always in-person help available to Lancastrians, Eby hopes the event at Clipper Magazine Stadium will be able to assist residents who need it most.
“We just felt being able to bring all the resources together, especially in an area that we’re targeting because of households that have applied but have not given us enough information to determine eligibility, [is important],” Eby said.