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COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program (CHAP)

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program (CHAP)

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has developed a $6.2 million program funded by federal HOME dollars to offer tenant-based rental assistance to low-income renters. Rental assistance will allow district residents in buildings of 50 units or less to remain current with monthly rent payments and can be used retroactively to pay April and May rent. The fund is estimated to assist 400 households for a minimum of six months and up to two years based on financial need and available funds.

Interested applicants are asked to fill out intake information by going to the central intake portal for emergency rental assistance. Applicants will then be routed to one of the following three community based organizations. This includes the Greater Washington Urban League. Each CBO will take applications, certify income and make payments to approved applicants by appointment only.  

Program Timeline

Until funds are depleted. 


Financial assistance will be based on income and household size as tenants must earn 80% of the Median Family Income (MFI) or below to qualify. District residents will have to demonstrate that they are delinquent on rent or are unable to pay rent due because they have lost employment due to COVID-19.

Contact Information


Phone: 202-524-8175


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