The housing crisis continues to grow in the D.C. area. But there is some potentially good news for renters in the District.
A recent request from Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office to move out $20 million from the District’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) into a rapid rehousing program, which helps people experiencing homelessness, was blocked by the D.C. Council on Tuesday.
Councilmembers discussed ways to keep the rental assistance program open at a Nov. 7 council meeting.
Officials said that when ERAP, which helps D.C. residents earning less than 40% of the area’s median income avoid eviction, opened for applications in October, it crashed. The system received a total of 3,578 applications, highlighting the need for the program.