This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA-2101123007 awarded to Madison County Commission by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Madison County Emergency Rental Assistance


What is MCERAP?

The Madison County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (MCERAP) was created to help renters dealing with financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For eligible households, the program offers rental and utility assistance to help Madison County renters avoid eviction or loss of utility service. ERAP was established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021.

What does MCERAP include?

The Program provides financial assistance to qualifying applicants to prevent housing instability, potential eviction, and financial hardships of tenants and landlords as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Renter Eligibility

Who is eligible for MCERAP?

  • Must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling in Madison County.
  • One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Must be able to demonstrate risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • The household has an income at or below 80% of area median income (AMI) Madison County Income Limits.

What are the benefits?

  • Rent  (Future rent for up to three months)
  • Past Due Rent (arrears) to April 1, 2020
  • Utility – including electric, water, gas, sewer, (costs for internet, telephone, cable, or satellite television are not eligible under this program)

What documentation is needed?

  • 2020 W-2s or Income Tax Form (e.g. 1040).
  • Current pay stubs (last 2 months)
  • Lease or rental agreement or letter of attestation from landlord
  • Eviction notice (If applicable)
  • Unemployment Compensation Benefits letter (if applicable)
  • Documentation for other income sources (Social Security or Disability, Child Support, Alimony, Pension as applicable)
  • Legal Name of your landlord

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