How to Apply for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Posted By: Jon Lowder Blog,

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County launched their Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) today, April 5, 2021. All of the information you need, including a link to an online application portal and a contact phone number, can be found on their website at

Here are the key information points for the program:


Contact phone number to apply: 1-855-838-6776 (toll free)

Priority for this program will go to:

  • Households with an income of 50% or less of area median income.
  • Households that have been unemployed for 90 days or more due to COVID-19.
  • Households with a pending court eviction.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Impacted financially by COVID-19:
    • Qualifies for unemployment
    • Reduction in income (furlough or reduction in work hours)
    • Had financial hardships or increased expenses (medical, food, etc.)
  • Household income 80% or less of area median income (See chart below)
  • Past due notice on utility bills or rent payments