The Chatham County Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible households for the payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and utilities arrears, Internet services and other housing expenses incurred due or during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Who is eligible to receive assistance?


Tenants and Landlords on behalf of that eligible household are encouraged to apply. See below the resources for homeowners financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The primary applicant should be the signee on the lease agreement and/or utility invoice. All applicants should provide documentation as proof of need and payments will be made directly to landlords and utility companies. If you need more information, please send an email to ERAadmin@chathamcounty.org.

Tenants/renters must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Place of residence must be within Chatham County;
  • Place of residence must be a rental property, single or multi-family home, or mobile home;
  • Must be able to demonstrate that 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) (AMI information can be found here);
  • One or more individuals in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits after March 13, 2020, or experienced a loss of income, or other financial hardship due, directly, or indirectly to COVID-19.
  • Your household has not received or will not receive any other assistance for the same expenses. Duplicate assistance is not permitted.

Prioritization Guidelines


Please note that qualified households of Chatham County will be prioritized based on:

  1. Households at risk of eviction;
  2. Households with income of 50% or less than the Area Median Income (AMI); or
  3. Households with one or more members that have been unemployed for at least 90 days.


How to Apply and Contact Information



Chatham County has partnered with a diverse network of Service Providers, please review the list of current opportunities provided and make appropriate selection of which Provider meets your needs:


Help with Rent and Utilities:




Ready to apply? Please visit www.chathamerap.org


Other programs for individuals/families with unique situation:

  • Family Promise of the Coastal Empire, Inc.

    Assists eligible households that has been temporarily or permanently displaced from their primary residence due to the COVID-19 through the Apartment Shelter Project.
    Visit www.familypromisece.org or call (912) 790-9446.




  • Union Mission, Inc.

    Assists eligible individuals returning to society from the Chatham County Detention Center, by providing a pathway to self-sufficiency and independent living. This program helps prevent the spread of transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our community.
    Visit Union Mission (unionmission.org) or call (912) 238-2777 .




  • Greenbriar Children's Center, Inc.

    Assists eligible homeless youth ages 12 to 18 in need of temporary, transitional housing, with a safe and nurturing environment. This program helps prevent the spread of transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our community.
    Visit Greenbriar Children's Center | (greenbriarchildrenscenter.org) or call (912) 234-3431.




  • United Way of the Coastal Empire (UWCE)

    Assists eligible households with the payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities, utilities arrears, and/or other housing services.
    Visit https://uwce.org/ccera/ or call 211 or (912) 651-7730.





Other Programs for Renters


Additional funding is available through the 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 (ga.gov)


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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 ERAadmin@chathamcounty.org or by completing this form: https://seam.ly/oEnZ0GxK.

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.


Mortgage Assistance Program


Chatham County is not participating in the Mortgage Assistance Program, if you are a Chatham County Homeowner who were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and need assistance you may qualify for a mortgage assistance program offered through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, please follow the link below to DCA website at:
https://www.dca.ga.gov/safe-affordable-housing/homeownership/georgia-mortgage-assistance-program

Find more information here: www.GeorgiaMortgageAssistance.ga.gov