The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced it is closing the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) application portal at 11:59 p.m., May 15, to new applications. Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) requires a prioritization of assistance for households with incomes less than 50 percent of area median income or households with one or more individuals that have not been employed for the 90-day period preceding the date of application.
Any application submitted after April 21, 2022, will be prioritized based on these criteria, then processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Through March 31, the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) has processed and disbursed more than $713 million in 141,330 rent relief payments for more than 104,990 unique households throughout Virginia. In June 2020, Virginia was one of the first states in the nation to create a statewide rent and mortgage relief program with federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, and received additional state support as a bridge between the CARES and Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funding streams. In total, the program has received more than $1 billion in funding through federal aid and the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. Chesterfield County and Fairfax County have operated their own ERA-funded rent relief programs for residents with ERA funding.
Additional information on RRP is available at dhcd.virginia.gov/RRP