The Montgomery County Emergency Rent and Utilities Coalition (ERUC) has reopened for new clients as of August 7, 2023.
If you are a renter living in Montgomery County and are having trouble paying your rent or utility bills and are facing eviction or utility shut-off due to COVID-19 or problems caused by the pandemic, you may be eligible for help.
Live in Montgomery County? You must reside in Montgomery County at the time you apply.
Been financially hurt by COVID-19, either directly or indirectly? You must show that COVID-19 has resulted in one or more of the following:
Put you or someone else in your household on unemployment benefits.
Reduced your household income or significantly increased your household costs.
Created another type of financial hardship for your household.
The hardship caused by COVID must have taken place during the federally declared public health emergency, which ended on May 11, 2023.
Demonstrate a risk of homelessness or housing instability?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be eligible for ERUC assistance.
New clients who have never received any rental or utility financial assistance through these agencies - ACLAMO, CADCOM, Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, Family Services of Montgomery County, Manna on Main Street & YWCA - are welcome to apply.
Former clients looking for recertification must contact the agency they worked with before to check current eligibility and/or further assistance.
Clients who have already maxed out assistance after 18 months with any ERUC Provider (ACLAMO, CADCOM, Pottstown Cluster, Family Services, Manna on Main Street, or YWCA) are no longer eligible for this program.
Applications will only be open for a limited time, until funding runs out. Not all applications will be served. Certain attention and priority may be given to households actively facing eviction, utility shut off, disability status, or have involvement in other systems of care
Anyone seeking aid from the Emergency Rent and Utilities Coalition can find out if they are eligible for the ERUC programming by contacting the Your Way Home Call Center. Clients should call 2-1-1 or texting their zip code to 898-211 and setting up a time for a call back. The call center will be able to complete intake and refer each eligible applicant to an agency who may be able to help.