Emergency Rental Assistance Program to Stop Accepting New Applications in Expectation of Running out of Funds in Early 2023
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will stop accepting new applications and letters of intent (LOI) on Nov. 10, 2022 in anticipation of running out of federal funds by early spring 2023. The changes will only impact individuals who have not previously received ERAP. The program will continue to fund extension requests for enrolled and eligible households for the time being.
For more information, please visit dfs.wyo.gov/ERAP or call 1-877-WYO-ERAP (1-877-996-3727).
The Department of Family Services (DFS) is now administering the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) in Wyoming.
This program will help tenants who have not been able to (or are concerned they will not be able to) make their rental or utility payments. ERAP will also help landlords and utility companies that may have not received payments due to them as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Rent; and
- Maintaining safe housing and avoiding evictions; and
- Utility bills.
Who is eligible for ERAP?
- Eligibility for the ERAP is based on income, impacts of COVID-19, and risk of homelessness or housing instability. Please visit https://dfs.wyo.gov/
assistance-programs/emergency- rental-assistance-program- erap/ for more information on eligibility.
How do I find out my application status?
- Please check your application status on the online portal or call the call center 1-877-WYO-ERAP.
- All correspondence will come from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please add this email to your contact list to avoid missing important emails.
If a household’s application has been held up, it could be due to a lack of documentation. We want to do everything we can to make sure the money is going to the right people. Requiring some documentation is a good way to protect against fraud.
- Check your email: All correspondence will come from email@example.com. Please add this email to your contact list to avoid missing important emails.
- Find local assistance: Please reach out to your local application assistance organization to find help with meeting documentation criteria. Click here for contact information
- Use self attestation: If you are unable to provide documentation, ERAP permits submitting a written attestation (letter) explaining unsafe or unhealthy living conditions or other evidence of risk of homelessness.
Find additional resources for your household:
Wyoming 2-1-1 provides the most current and comprehensive database of community resources such as food pantries and housing assistance in your area. By simply dialing the number 2-1-1 or searching the website, people are linked to information about local resources, from both government and nonprofit agencies. 2-1-1 is available Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM. Callers outside standard business hours will receive a follow-up call the next business day.
The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program’s (LIEAP) purpose is to help low- and fixed-income families and individuals pay their heating bills during the winter months. Visit www.lieapwyo.org.
If facing eviction, please contact Legal Aid of Wyoming. Visit www.lawyoming.org or call 1-877-432-9955 for Legal Aid. They may be able to provide other legal assistance to eligible ERAP households living in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault provides legal aid services for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. These legal services are for eligible ERAP renters living in Wyoming. Visit www.wyomingdvsa.org/legal-
Learn more about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program by checking out the flyer!