The program focuses on paying past-due rent dating back as far as April 2020 and up to three months of future rent for households who qualify—for a maximum of 18 months total. Late fees of up to $100 per month can be covered, if they are prescribed within current lease terms.
In most cases, payment is disbursed to the landlord, but can be made to a renter if a landlord is not responsive. Payments made directly to renters for the purpose of paying rent cannot exceed 6 months total rent.
For someone who has been evicted, the program can pay up to three months of future rent for a new rental unit with a confirmed lease. The program can reimburse hotel room costs for someone who is in the process of finding a new rental unit.
Additionally, the program can provide utility assistance to renter applicants with past-due and current utilities and home energy costs, as well as some penalty fees, including electricity, gas, fuel oil, water and sewer, and trash removal for up to 18 months total. Utility payments are disbursed to the utility provider.