The organizations administering Lancaster County's pandemic rental and utility assistance program are holding their second "Community Day" this Thursday, with two more to follow.
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP, can pay up to a year or more of rent and utility bills on behalf of eligible households affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. To benefit, households must meet income limits and be able to document lost income or employment.
The Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority administers ERAP with assistance from nonprofits in the county's Eviction Prevention Network. At their first Community Day in July, held at Clipper Magazine Stadium, they helped 257 households.
Last month, the network announced two upcoming Community Days. A third was announced this week. They are as follows:
ERAP Community Days
- 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16: Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster.
- 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20: Columbia Market House, 15 S. Third St., Columbia.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1: Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata
Advance registration is recommended. To register, click the links above.
In-person assistance is also available from the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority and, by appointment, from partner nonprofits. For a full list, click here.
Even though the national eviction moratorium ended Aug. 26, the rental and utility assistance program remains active and continues to accept new applicants, Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Justin Eby said.
The program is authorized to continue through September next year.