COVID-19 Emergency Rent Relief Assistance Program

Page updated on Jul 16, 2020 at 12:08 PM

Through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City of Alexandria is providing short-term emergency rental assistance to assist Alexandria renters experiencing housing insecurity due to COVID-19 related loss of income. Funds in the amount of up to  $1,800 in a one time payment will be provided directly to property owners on behalf of eligible tenants. Download the program flyer in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Amharic!  

If you need assistance beyond this program please contact the Department of Community and Human Services at 703.746.5700 to inquire about programs that are available including the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program.  More information can be found at

The City is continuing to accept applications. To apply for assistance please call 703.746.3100 during city business hours to submit a pre-application.  Please review the information below and call 703.746.3100 if you have further questions. There is no application fee and free assistance is available throughout the application process.

Application Process:  English  Spanish

     Step 1:  You must first complete a pre-application by calling 703-746-3100. Please only apply once.

     Step 2:  Pre-application reviewed by staff for eligibility. 

     Step 3:  If eligible, staff will contact applicant with full application. If found to be ineligible, staff will notify applicant. Forms can be found at bottom of this page.

     Step 4:  Full application is complete (four parts) and is approved/denied based on information provided. When approved, funds are disbursed to landlord with verification

To be eligible, households must meet the following criteria:

  1. Live in the City of Alexandria;
  2. Document loss of income directly related to COVID-19;
  3. Be current on rent as of March 31, 2020; and
  4. Have a gross monthly household income, adjusted for household size, at or below:
  5.  Household size  Tier 1 -  Monthly Household Income (before taxes)  Tier 2 - Monthly Household Income (before taxes)
     1-person household    $2,117  $4,410
     2-person household  $2,847  $5,040
     3-person household  $3,517  $5,670
     4-person household  $4,187  $6,300
     5-person household  $4,856  $6,805
     6-person household  $5,526  $7,310

     Households at or below Tier 1 income limits will be given priority, but applications will be accepted for households with incomes up to Tier 2. 

  6. Have assets, including cash on hand and savings (documented through bank or other statements), that do not exceed the limits below:
  7.  Household size   Asset Limits
     1-person household  $2,205
     2-person household  $2,520
     3-person household  $2,835
     4-person household   $3,150
     5-person household  $3,403
     6-person household  $3,655

Who is not eligible, generally:

For additional information, please see the program's Frequently Asked Questions and COVID-19 Rent Relief Presentation, or call 703.746.3100. 

Forms:  You must first complete a pre-application. Full application packages English, Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic. If you would like to receive a hardcopy application, please contact the Office of Housing at 703.746.3100. Additional forms to be completed: Applications forms are available in English, SpanishAmharic, and Arabic. English:  Asset CertificationAuthorization to Use and Exchange.Information; and Landlord Authorization. Spanish: Asset Certification ; Authorization to Use and Exchange Information; and Landlord Authorization. Arabic:  Asset CertificationAuthorization to Use and Exchange Information; and Landlord Authorization. Amharic: Asset CertificationAuthorization to Use and Exchange.Information; and Landlord Authorization.

Other COVID-19 Housing Resources

For a comprehensive listing of renter, homeowner, and landlord resources available to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit COVID-19 Housing Resources.