Chester County Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program 

rental assistance

The Emergency Utility and Rental Assistance program serves Chester County residents and can only be accessed by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting the prompt for "Housing Crisis." 

  • Experiencing Homelessness? Need rental assistance? Call 2-1-1. Tarde con el pago de la renta? Enfrentando un desalojo? Llame al 2-1-1. Follow these steps to apply for the Emergency Utility and Rental Assistance program. 
    • Call 211
    • For Homelessness Resources press 2
      • For assistance and resources in Chester County press 2
      • For Homeless Resources press 1
      • For Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance press 2
    • To check on a previous application
      • Call 211
        • For Homelessness Resources press 2
        • For Chester County press 2
        • For Status Update press 3 

DCD grantees of ERAP Funding will serve individuals and families that:

  1. Qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship, during or due, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19.
  2. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  3. Have a householder income at or below 80 percent of the area median (income limits are subject to change per guidance from the federal government)
  4. Qualify by meeting at least one of the following criteria:
    1. Possess a court-ordered eviction notice
    2. Have a utility shutoff notice
    3. Require security deposit assistance for moving to a new rental unit in Chester County. Note that a lease must be in place or ready to sign at the time of the 2-1-1 call. 

Program Resources