Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Instructions and Information

Gold rectangle with rounded corners and dark text reading watch and learn events April 14 and April 16
The County of Dauphin has received funds to help its residents with rental and utility arrears and payments. This document serves as an information sheet about the program and instructions on how to fill out the application.
Print Version of Instructions

  • To be eligible for this grant, you must:
    1. Qualify for unemployment benefits OR experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19 that threaten the household’s ability to pay the costs of the rental property when due;
    2. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include past due rent and utility notices and eviction notices;
    3. Must be at 80% Area Median Income or below. These incomes can be found below:




FY 2020 Income Limits
Harrisburg-Carlisle Region
*U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

1
Person

2
Persons

3
Persons

4
Persons

5
Persons

6
Persons

7
Persons

8
Persons

Extremely Low (30%) Income Limits

17,850

20,400

22,950

26,200

30,680

35,160

39,640

44,120

Very Low (50%) Income Limits

29,750

34,000

38,250

42,500

45,900

49,300

52,700

56,100

Low (80%) Income Limits

47,600

54,400

61,200

68,000

73,450

78,900

84,350

89,800



  • All applicants must include the following documents in their application.
    1. 2020 Tax return (form 1040) OR 2 months of most recent paystubs OR unemployment compensation statement
    2. Signed lease or rental agreement
    3. Documentation from landlord and/or utility provider demonstrating arrears owed for each month requesting assistance
    4. Copy of identification (government issued photo ID or driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, etc.)
    5. Proof of residence, if not included in other required documents

  • Please fill out all sections within the application to the best of your ability. The sections with the red star (*) are required.

  • Household is defined as “a group of related or nonrelated individuals who are living together as one economic unit.”

  • Under the certification section on the application, please read each line carefully. When read and agreed, please print your name on the blank line within each of the statements.

  • It is important to create a line of communication with the landlord or utility provider that you owe arrears to. If this line of communication has been disrupted, a case manager that will reach out to you can help you with that communication.

  • A max of 12 months of rental/utility assistance is allowed. Assessed on a case-by-case basis, up to 3 months of forward rent can be approved. Once the three months is up, a recertification process will take place to decide is more assistance is needed. Please be aware that there are household based caps per family.

  • Applicants can expect to be contacted by an access site approximately one week after the application is complete. An in-person or phone appointment may be made to talk with a case manager on further steps.


Click here to fill out the Emergency Rental and Utility Relief Application
If you need support in completing your application, you can contact 2-1-1 to be scheduled for an appointment with one of our providers.

If you have any questions, please call 2-1-1 (8AM – 8PM, M-F) or email rentutilityassist@dauphinc.org.   If you have already applied, a representative from CCU, the Salvation Army, Tri County Community Action, or the County will contact you regarding your application.

Please complete the online application or reach out to a provider for assistance.  Applications can be picked up at The Northern Dauphin Human Services Center (295 State Drive, Elizabethville, PA 17023), at Christian Churches United's Outdoor Box (413 S 19th Street, Harrisburg, PA  17104), or downloaded here.

Return paper applications to Christian Churches United drop box or mail to:

HELP Ministries
Attn: ERAP Program
413 S. 19th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104

Dauphin County Emergency Rental Assistance Appeals and Fair Hearing Policy