H.O.P.E. Rental Assistance is a prevention program established to provide emergency rental assistance to eligible District of Columbia residents.  

Qualified applicants must demonstrate the need for assistance is an emergency resulting from loss of income (mismanagement of finances does not constitute an emergency and will not receive assistance consideration). Qualified applicants may receive assistance once within a 12 month period up to $1500 through this program.  

If an applicant meets the eligibility requirements for ERAP, they must seek assistance through ERAP prior to receiving assistance consideration for H.O.P.E. Rental Assistance.    

Submission of a completed application and documents are required for program consideration and processing. Applicants must provide the following documents to qualify for H.O.P.E. Rental Assistance:

  1. WRIT, eviction notice or correspondence from current landlord identifying outstanding balance;
  2. Identification linking the applicant to the address requesting assistance (i.e. District of Columbia identification);
  3. Documentation addressing reason for sudden loss of income (i.e. termination, loss of benefit (i.e. SSI, SSDI) ;
  4. Information to substantiate the expectation that the applicant will be able to resume payments after assistance is awarded (i.e., evidence of future ability to pay (i.e. employment, unemployment insurance SSI, SSDI, etc.).

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