The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has launched the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP). This $6.2 million program funded by a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) offers rental assistance to low-income renters in arrears.
To qualify, Tenants must earn 80 percent of the Median Family Income (MFI) or below based on the COVID-19 Income & Rental Schedule. Financial assistance is based on income and household size.
DC residents who have lived in their unit since February 29, 2020 and impacted by COVID-19 can apply for assistance for rent from April 2020 onward for up to three months of overdue rent. Depending on funds, an additional three months for a total of six months of rental assistance may be available. Interested applicants are asked to fill out intake information by going to the central intake portal for emergency rental assistance. Click here to apply and read more about this program.
Proof of income will be collected on all residents of a unit who are 18 years and older using the following documents:
Need rental assistance? Apply here at the emergency portal for rental assistance. Applicants are routed to:
Each organization can answer questions, take applications, certify income, and make payments to approved applicants by appointment only.