COVID-19 Emergency Rent Relief Assistance Program

Page updated on Feb 11, 2021 at 10:58 AM

Due to limited funding, the City is currently only accepting new applications from City of Alexandria residents who are facing eviction. If you have received a 5- or 14-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit Property, Court Summons, or Eviction Notice, please contact us at 703.746.4990.   

The City of Alexandria is providing emergency eviction prevention assistance to assist City renters experiencing housing insecurity due to COVID-19 related loss of income. Funds will be provided directly to property owners on behalf of eligible tenants. To apply for assistance, please review the Application Process below. There is no application fee, and assistance is available for free throughout the application process. Please call 703.746.4990 for more information.

If you need rental assistance but are not facing eviction, please visit the Virginia Rent Relief Program, or call 703.962.1884. Click here to determine your eligibility.

Please let your landlord know that they are also eligible to apply directly on your behalf at

For additional programs and assistance, please contact the Department of Community and Human Services at 703.746.5700.

Progress Dashboard

Data on the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Rent Relief Assistance Program's performance is now available.

Application Process

Step 1:  If you are facing eviction, please call 703.746.4990 during business hours. 

Step 2:  Your pre-application will be reviewed by staff for eligibility. 

Step 3:  If found to be eligible, you be sent a complete application. If found to be ineligible, you will receive additional information for help during this unusual time. 

Step 4:  Once your complete three-part application (including supporting documentation) has been submitted, your application will be reviewed based on eligibility criteria. If approved, funds are disbursed to your landlord following verification.

Eligibility Criteria

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. Are facing eviction, defined as having received a 5 or 14-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit Property, Court Summons, or Eviction Notice; and
  4. Have a gross monthly household income, adjusted for household size, at or below:
  5.  Household size     2020 Maximum Monthly Household Income (before taxes)
     1-person household      $4,410
     2-person household    $5,040
     3-person household    $5,670
     4-person household    $6,300
     5-person household
     6-person household    $7,310

  6. Have liquid assets, such as cash on hand and savings (documented through bank or other statements), that do not exceed the limits below:
  7.  Household size   2020 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:


Full application packages are available in English, Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic.

If you would like to receive a hardcopy application, please contact the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 to set up an appointment with a case worker.

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.