A Tale of Two Cities - ERAP Update

Posted By: Stephanie Beeman Blog,

Late this year, both Winston-Salem and Greensboro closed their ERAP assistance portals and are directing residents who need help to the county-based programs.

The ERAP is a federally funded program that assists low-income households that are behind on their rent or utilities in the wake of covid-19. The program is open to renters with an income of 80% or less of the area median income.

As stated on the city website, the city of Winston-Salem "has successfully completed its Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Through the program, more than 2,500 households in the city received a total of $11.7 million in assistance."

You can view the dashboard showing how the assistance has been distributed HERE

Winston-Salem residents can still apply for ERAP through Forsyth County.

Greensboro's program recieved a $10 million boost from Guilford County in October after exhausting their initial funding. They have since closed their portal to new applications to ensure that 1,300 applications that were already in the system are completed. Administrators of the funds say that about $500,000 of applications had been being processed each week. 

The dashboard showing ERAP distribution in Greensboro can be seen HERE.

As in Winston-Salem, now Greensboro residents can continue to seek assistance through their county's application portal.