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The City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have received federal funds under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to assist low-income residents who are behind on their rent or utilities payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is open to all renters residing in the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, who have a household income 80% or less of area median income (see chart below) and have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is for renters only. ERAP provides assistance with rent and utilities, to include electricity, water/sewer, trash removal, natural gas, propane, fuel oil and internet.

HOW TO APPLY:

You can also Call 1-855-838-6776 (toll free)

GET HELP WITH YOUR ERAP APPLICATION:

Appointments available 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at
Forsyth County Department of Social Services
741 Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem

Click the button below to schedule an appointment for help with your new application or uploading documents to an existing application.


Priority for this program will go to:

  • Households with an income of 50% or less of area median income.
  • Households that have been unemployed for 90 days or more due to COVID-19.
  • Households with a pending court eviction.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Impacted financially by COVID-19:
    • Qualifies for unemployment
    • Reduction in income (furlough or reduction in work hours)
    • Had financial hardships or increased expenses (medical, food, etc.)
  • Household income 80% or less of area median income (See chart below)
  • Past due notice on utility bills or rent payments

HOUSEHOLD INCOME LIMITS

INCOME LIMITS FOR HOUSEHOLD SIZES 1 TO 8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
50% income limit* $24,150 $27,600 $31,050 $34,450 $37,250 $40,000 $42,750 $45,500
80% income limit $38,600 $44,100 $49,600 $55,100 $59,550 $63,950 $68,350 $72,750
*80% is the eligibility limit and 50% is for priority processing.

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