Rent and Utility Relief is Here
The Arkansas Department of Human Services launched the Arkansas Rent Relief Program and is accepting applications for eligible Arkansans who need help paying past rent, future rent and utilities.
One-on-one support is available through community partners if you need help filling out or submitting an application. There are $173 million in federal funding available through this program. Up to 15 months of rent and utilities may be covered between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Up to three months of future rent can be applied for at once. Utilities may include gas, water, sewage, and electricity.
About the Arkansas Rent Relief Program
To be eligible for the Arkansas Rent Relief Program, someone in the applicant’s home must:
- Qualify for unemployment benefits OR
- Have decreased income during the pandemic OR
- Have suffered significant financial hardship due to the pandemic (i.e. lost a job, has extensive medical bills) AND
- The household must meet income eligibility based on the residing county (Area Median Income) and number of people in their home
Payment assistance may cover up to 15 months of rent and utilities incurred between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Funding, once approved, will go directly to landlords and utilities companies.
Helpful Guides and Checklists:
Click on this resource to find rental assitance near you.
Click on this resource for toolkit for homeowners and renters during the Coronavirus emergency
Click on this resource for more infomation about the AR Covid-19 Fresh Start rental assistance. Use the map in this link to see what organizations are offering assistance and to access their applications.
Click on this resource to access the DHS Eviction Relief page to apply for rental assistance