On February 12, 2021, Governor Kay Ivey authorized AHFA to implement the State’s new COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program. Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Alabama is funded entirely by a $263 million congressional grant for ERA 1 and a $203 million congressional grant for ERA 2 under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”).
Separate from ERA Alabama, the Act also funds separate rental assistance programs serving residents of Baldwin, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and Jefferson Counties, and the cities of Huntsville and Birmingham.
Eligible households must have earned no more than 80 percent of area median income and faced hardships related to COVID-19.
As of December 2022, the temporary COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Alabama (ERA Alabama) Program has distributed nearly all available funding provided by the U.S. Treasury. ERA Alabama is no longer accepting any new applications or new additional funds requests effective Thursday, December 15, 2022.
Funding for ERA is made available through Alabama’s allocation from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program funded by the U.S. Department of Treasury. AHFA is the administrator for the state of Alabama.