2021 CARES Rental Assistance Program

Based on expanded benefits with new funding,
LCCAA is temporarily suspending rent assistance applications.

The tentative date for reopening this program is March 15, 2021. 

 

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), click here.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be behind on rent or facing eviction, AND
  • Must live at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income ($60,800 for a family of four in 2020, see below), AND
  • Must have been directly affected by COVID-19 (loss of income, increased expenses, etc.), OR
  • Be a member of a population especially vulnerable to COVID-19

The Agency will not be taking phone calls due to staffing constraints. Applicants will receive email correspondence and status updates which can be shared with landlords and persons of authority as needed.

Documentation Requirements:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security cards of all household members. If a member does not have a Social Security card, a birth certificate is needed. If you have recently applied for a card, an official letter from the Social Security office with the number printed on it and stating your card is in process is acceptable.
  • Income information for the past 30 days for all household members over 18, even if they are still in school. This includes check stubs, social security and, in some cases, child support. Income from self-employment requires additional documentation. For a complete list of income that must be counted, click here.
  • Any household member over 18 claiming no income must complete an affidavit. Click here for a downloadable copy.
  • Landlord's name, address, phone number and monthly rent amount.
  • The monthly arrearage amounts by month with supporting documentation from your landlord. The landlord must stipulate monthly amounts and the month(s) charges were incurred.
  • A copy of your signed lease.
  • A copy of your quit notice (from your landlord) or eviction order (from the court) if applicable.
  • A W-9 and statement from your landlord that no eviction proceedings will be made for the arrearages being paid. Click here for a downloadable template.
  • A statement on how you have been impacted by COVID-19.

Payments may only be made directly to landlords. Payments charged to credit cards are not eligible for rental assistance or reimbursement. 

Note:  For your convenience, you can upload required documents through this portal. Uploading inappropriate content, in violation of LCCAA policy, will result in your application immediately being denied. Additional action may be taken.

 

FACING EVICTION NOT ABLE TO APPLY?

Thank you for your effort to obtain the locally available government assistance for rent or housing with the Lorain County Community Action Agency. In reaching out to our organization, you have demonstrated a best effort to secure government-funded assistance for rent and housing.

As we have more applicants than we can service and fund, we cannot accept you into the program at the present time.  However, you may still register your attempt to apply through the link below. You will receive an automated confirmation response with information on declaring a COVID-related hardship under the Center of Disease Control’s (CDC) eviction moratorium.

Click here to register your application attempt.

IMPORTANT: Completing this form does NOT put you in line for assistance.
This is solely to demonstrate to your landlord that you are doing everything possible to pay them.