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Many state and local governments have been able to secure federal funds for rental assistance to support their populations affected by COVID-19. Review compliance requirements and internal control structure changes that may be needed.

Financial Management and Disaster Relief

Emergency Rental Assistance Program for State, Local, Tribal Governments

  • Allison Slife
  • 1/14/2021

Key insights

  • Rent relief to the tune of $25 billion will be divided among U.S. states, territories, local governments, and Indian tribes containing more than 200,000 residents.
  • Distribution of this assistance to renters will be managed by the state and local governments.
  • Governments had to complete payment information and accept award terms by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 12, 2021.
  • Most funds will expire on December 31, 2021.

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On January 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released information and eligibility criteria on the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program.

Emergency Rental Assistance program

Established under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, this program allocates $25 billion across the country to assist eligible households who are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As with the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), these funds will be distributed to U.S. states, territories, local governments, and Indian tribes — though the population requirement has been lowered from 500,000 to 200,000.

Eligible governments had to complete payment information and sign the acceptance of award terms by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 12, 2021, to receive the funds, which will generally expire December 31, 2021. Eligible renters are able to receive assistance with rent and utilities, unpaid rent and utilities, and other housing expenses that were incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How we can help

If your government organization applies for this funding, it is important to be aware of any additional compliance requirements and changes needed in your internal control structure. These funds will be subject to monitoring and oversight by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Inspector General, and failure to comply with additional requirements could cause you to lose grant funds. We can help you as you navigate these new complexities. CLA’s experienced professionals can:

  • Understand your needs and your plan for distribution and administration of the program.
  • Assist in the application processing and eligibility determination for renters.
  • Work with you to develop effective strategies for implementing grant management policies and procedures.
  • Offer resources to ease the burden of grant compliance.
  • Help you prepare for federal program audits and monitoring.
  • Provide risk management services to assist you with next steps after COVID-19.

With CLA’s support through this challenging time, you can focus on continuing to provide valuable services to your community.

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