COVID-19 Emergency Rent Relief Assistance Program

Page updated on Sep 22, 2020 at 7:47 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 City 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! 

NEW! City Council on 9.8.20 authorized a second payment of up to $1,800 for those households already assisted please contact 73-746-3100 for additional help!

NEW! Per unit assistance limit is now $3,600.

The City is continuing to accept applications. To apply for assistance, please review the information below and submit a pre-application  online or call  703.746.3100 during city business hours. There is no application fee and assistance is available throughout the application process.

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

Progress Dashboard

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

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 (three parts) and is approved/denied based on information provided. When approved, funds are disbursed to landlord with verification

Application Process for second payment:

     Step 1: Contact us at 703-746-3100.

     Step 2: Note you have already been assisted by program with case number.

     Step 3: Provide a statement about your current income, new signed Landlord Form and Rent Ledger/Statement.

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     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 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:  Authorization to Use and Exchange Information and  Landlord Authorization. Spanish: Authorization to Use and Exchange Information and Landlord Authorization . Arabic: Authorization to Use and Exchange Information and  Landlord Authorization. Amharic: Authorization 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.

Progress Dashboard

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