The Madison County Emergency Rental Assistance program will no longer be accepting applications. If you continue to need assistance, please visit Hud.gov for available options. Applicants that have already been submitted are being processed and may be approved based on the continuing availability of funds.
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.
The Madison County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (MCERAP) will offer relief to landlords on behalf of income eligible tenants who cannot pay rent due to financial difficulties, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MCERAP assistance is subject to available funding, US Treasury Guidance and Polices established the Madison County Commission.
Click below to determine program eligibility. If eligible, you will be redirected to the application portal where you can submit your application.
To be eligible, a household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling in Madison County and meet the criteria below:
An eligible household that lives in a federally subsidized residential or mixed-use property may receive assistance as long as MCERAP funds are not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance. This would include Section 8 housing. If an eligible household receives a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance) and the tenant rent is adjusted according to changes in income, the renter household may receive “MCERAP” assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent or utilities that are not subsidized.
Household income at or below 80% of AMI for Madison County (see chart below).
MCERAP will use 2020 W2’s or tax filings when determining eligibility for benefits.
All adult members of your household over the age of 18 must provide the following:
An eligible household member must have a COVID-19 financial hardship as defined below AND be at risk of homelessness or housing instability.
Financial hardship categories;
MCERAP will rely on written attestation signed by applicant who has experienced reduction in Household Income. Applicants will provide a written attestation that one or more members of the household experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The following will be collected with each tenant application.
The following will be collected with each landlord application.
MCERAP will begin offering assistance on June 1, 2021.
Please use the interactive MCERAP Eligibility Chatbot available on the website to determine initial program eligibility. If eligible, you will be redirected to the application portal where you can submit your application.
If you continue to need assistance please visit Hud.gov for available options. Applicants that have already been submitted are being processed and may be approved based on the continuing availability of funds.