Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Housing LogoEMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Wayne County received funding from the Department of Human Services (DHS), which is specific to renters only. It can assist with households behind in rental payments and/or utilities. If assistance is needed, in addition to overdue payments, this program can assist with an additional three months of rental payments to prevent homelessness, which is subject to eligibility and funding availability.

To be eligible for this program, the household must meet the following criteria:

  • Tenants must be US citizens or qualified non-citizens with unexpired immigration status.
  • One or more tenants in the household has: 
    • Qualified for unemployment benefits, or
    • Experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19, which the applicant shall attest in writing.
    • One or more individuals in the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include 
      • a past-due utility or rent notice or eviction notice; 
      • unsafe or unhealthy living conditions.
  • The household has an annual or monthly household income that is no more than 80 percent of the Wayne County Area Median Income (AMI) for the household size. Reference chart below:
A chart showing household size and maximum income levels to qualify for Rental Assistance.

Applications are available on the PA Compass website.

Those who don't have internet access are encouraged to go to their local library where they can access computers and download the application. Find your local library on the Wayne Library Alliance webpage.

Questions about the program can be directed to ERAP@WayneCountyPA.gov or call 570-253-2304 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you within 48 business hours.

Appeals Process

Wayne County HSA Housing Appeal Process: 

If the application is denied or termination of services occurs, it is our policy to allow the applicant an opportunity to provide a program appeal objecting the decision made. The applicant may present their appeal in writing at 314 10th Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. The appeal will be escalated and reviewed by the Housing Coordinator and the HSA Administrators. A final decision will be made and mailed to the applicant within 10 business days.

County Appeal Process: 

The applicant may also choose to appeal the County level appeal decision at the county level. The applicant may present their appeal in writing at 925 Court Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. The appeal will be escalated and reviewed by the Housing Coordinator, HSA Administrators, and County Commissioners. A final decision will be made and mailed to the applicant within 10 business days. Once the appeal has been completed, no further appeals will be granted at the county level. If the applicant still chooses to appeal the county decision, they may continue the appeal process at the state level.

State Appeal Process: 

The applicant may also choose to appeal the ERAP program decision at the state level to the DHS Office of Hearings and Appeals, P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105. The Department of Human Services will provide, in writing, all decisions resulting from an appeal to the client, the county and the ERAP provider.

Discrimination Right to Appeal: Wayne County does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, gender, disability, lifestyle, or sexual orientation. Any person who asserts that denial or termination of services is based on discrimination because of any of these reasons has a right to appeal to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. The Harrisburg Regional Office services complaints for Wayne County under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. You can file a complaint by calling (717) 787-9780, going online to https://phrc.pa.gov/ or by mail 333 Market Street, 8th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2210.