COVID-19 Emergency Rent Relief Assistance Program

Page updated on Nov 25, 2020 at 10:27 AM

NEW!  Because of limited funding the City is currently only accepting new applications from:

Alexandria residents who have received a 5- or 14-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit Property, Court Summons, or Eviction Notice.   

Through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, 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. There is no application fee, and assistance is available throughout the application process.

For additional assistance, please contact the Department of Community and Human Services at 703.746.5700 to inquire about available programs, 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

Step 1:  You must first complete a pre-application by calling 703.746.3100 during City business hours. 

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

Step 3:  If found to be eligible, you will be contacted and sent a complete application. If found to be ineligible, you will receive notification. 

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. Be current on rent as of March 31, 2020;
  4. NEW!  Have received a 5 or 14-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit Property, Court Summons, or Eviction Notice; and
  5. Have a gross monthly household income, adjusted for household size, at or below:
  6.  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
     $6,805
     6-person household    $7,310

  7. Have liquid assets, such as cash on hand and savings (documented through bank or other statements), that do not exceed the limits below:
  8.  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, or call 703.746.3100. 

Forms:  You must first complete a pre-application by calling 703.746.3100. Full application packages are available in English, Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic. Individual forms: English: Application, Authorization to Use and Exchange Information and Landlord Authorization. Spanish: Application, Authorization to Use and Exchange Information and Landlord Authorization. Arabic: ApplicationAuthorization to Use and Exchange Information and Landlord Authorization. Amharic: Application, Authorization to Use and Exchange Information and Landlord Authorization.

If you would like to receive a hardcopy application, please contact the Office of Housing at 703.746.3100.


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.

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