Emergency Rent Assistance Program 2.0 (ERAP 2.0)

The Eviction Rent Assistance Program 2.0 (ERAP) Grant is part of Washington State's response to the COVID-19 disaster. ERAP 2.0 is intended to prevent evictions that would contribute to the spread of the virus by paying past due, current due and future rent, targeting limited resources to those with the greatest needs while working to distribute funds equitably.

The Eviction Rent Assistance Program 2.0 (ERAP 2.0) Grant is a project supported by a grant awarded by US Department of the Treasury.  "Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund thru the Washington State Department of Commerce.” 

Funds from this grant must be used for the purposes set forth in American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Program Goals

ERAP 2.0 program goals are as follows:

  • Prevent evictions
  • Promote equity in who is served, with a focus on groups of people who historically have not been provided equitable access to rent assistance and those who have disproportionately been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eligibility and Prioritization

The purpose of eligibility screening criteria is to target those most likely to become homeless without this assistance.

Households must meet two of the initial screening criteria: 

  • Income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI).
  • Have a missed/past due rent payment not paid or partially unpaid since March 1, 2020 and still occupying the residence. 

Current Forms can be found on the Department of Commerce website.

To speak to someone locally, please contact the Community Outreach Specialist with Wahkiakum County Health & Human Services at (360) 795-8630 opt. 4.