Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Even as the American economy continues its recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic, millions of Americans face deep rental debt and fear evictions and the loss of basic housing security. COVID-19 has exacerbated an affordable housing crisis that predated the pandemic and that has exacerbated deep disparities that threaten the strength of an economic recovery that must work for everyone.

The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities.  Two separate programs have been established: ERA1 provides up to $25 billion under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was enacted on December 27, 2020, and ERA2 provides up to $21.55 billion under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was enacted on March 11, 2021.

State, local government, and territory allocations totaled $710 million to the state of Georgia under ERA 2 with $437 million directly to the state. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.

Locality Allocation

High Needs


Atlanta city 12,070,911.90  
Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government 4,823,448.90 2,290,563.20
Chatham County 6,893,465.30  
Cherokee County 6,163,295.80  
Clayton County 6,960,773.20 3,134,056.40
Cobb County 18,104,569.60 5,004,811.50
DeKalb County 17,108,526.70 7,611,643.50
Forsyth County 5,817,443.50  
Fulton County 14,245,224.70 10,730,417.80
Gwinnett County 22,299,025.20 5,451,806.10
Hall County 4,869,249.70  
Henry County 5,586,629.30  
State Remainder High Needs   42,101,341.50
Minimum Payment to the state of Georgia 437,011,290.50  





Applying for Rental Assistance

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is administering the State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program (GRA) with ERA 2 funds. This program can help renters with their past due rent and utilities. For more information on program details and to apply, click on the icon below.

Watch for Fraud

If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from U.S.Treasury and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond.