COVID EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

NEWS RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA

 March 1, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JEFFERSON PARISH GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES COVID EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 0.JEFFERSON, LA – Jefferson Parish has launched an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to serve eligible persons who lack sufficient income or resources to pay rent due to COVID-19. CLICK HERE to view eligibility requirements and to apply.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this much-needed assistance to residents in Jefferson Parish who were impacted financially by COVID-19,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. “I encourage all those who are struggling to pay rent to visit the website and apply online if you meet the qualifications.“

The purpose of ERAP is to assist families and individuals who are suffering a temporary financial setback due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and who need help with delinquent residential rent. ERAP may serve to assist renters who have been unable to pay rent during the moratorium period. Funding for this program has been allocated to Jefferson Parish through recently enacted federal legislation.

Those who qualify for this program include anyone living and renting in Jefferson Parish who has been economically impacted by COVID and has not yet received rental assistance from another program for the same time period.  Applicants must meet certain income restrictions and provide documentation of their income and past-due rent payments.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. In an effort to prioritize those that are most in need, applicants with the lowest income levels will receive priority over other eligible applicants. The assistance will be a grant payable directly to the landlord through an agreement between the landlord and Jefferson Parish.

Visit www.jpera.org to apply and for more information. Once an online application is complete, a program representative will contact the applicant to continue to process. Ineligible applicants will receive notice by mail. Those in need of application assistance should call (504) 226-2324 or email help@jpera.org.

For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit www.JeffParish.net. Visit COVID.JeffParish.net to stay updated on COVID-19 in Jefferson Parish, including available resources, weekly testing sites, local dashboard and more. Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.