The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible households for the payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities (electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash removal), home energy costs (fuel oil), Internet services and other expenses.

UPDATE: The CDC Moratorium is now lifted. If you signed a CDC Declaration and gave it to your landlord to stop your eviction, you are no longer protected. APPLY NOW to prevent the eviction!

Do you live in Chatham County and need financial assistance due to effects from COVID-19? You may be eligible.

Who is eligible to receive assistance?

Tenants and Landlords on behalf of that eligible household are eligible to apply. Resources for homeowners financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are not covered with this funding.

The primary applicant should be the signee on the lease agreement and/or utility invoice. All applicants should provide documentation as proof of need.

Tenants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must reside within Chatham County area;
  • One or more individuals within the household is at risk of experiencing homelessness, housing instability or eviction;
  • Your household income does not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) (The estimated Median Income for the Savannah, GA area is $72,000);
  • One or more individuals in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a loss of income, or other financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Your household has not received or will not receive any other assistance for the same costs. Duplicate assistance is not permitted.
To assist in determining eligibility, please complete the pre-application form and provide supporting documentation. Note: Qualified households of Chatham County will be prioritized on a weekly basis. The assistance will be given first to households at risk of eviction, or with a household income of 50% or less than the Area Media Income (AMI) or with one or more household members that have been unemployed for 90 days or more.

How to Apply and Contact Information

Chatham County has partnered with local community-based non-profit organizations to support and help to speed the delivery of the assistance to households in need during the public health emergency. See below the general information about our Service Providers and their programs.

Please contact any of these agencies or send an email to if you need more information about the Chatham County ERA program.

Other Programs for Renters

Chatham County is happy to announce the collaboration with the State of Georgia through their State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program to help the Georgia renters who has fallen behind on rent and/or utility payments.

For more information, visit Georgia Rental Assistance (

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Report Fraud

Please report any fraudulent activity, complaints or if you have knowledge of false information provided by a participant of the Chatham County Emergency Rental Assistance program to

The Chatham County Emergency Rental Assistance program will, within the law, protect the identity of individuals who submit complaints. Identities will not be divulged unless permission is received from the individual, a legal process requires identification, or the individual acts in bad faith. While anonymous complaints are permitted, please note that limitations associated with the submission of an anonymous complaint will have an impact upon the investigation and resolution of the complaint. In addition, due to privacy issues, Chatham County Emergency Rental Assistance program will not be able to discuss an applicant's situation with you.