News & Updates


Application Deadline for St. Joseph County ERA Program:

Friday, January 14th, 2022.

St. Joseph County and St. Joseph County partner organizations will continue to process emergency rental assistance applications received by January 14, 2022.  In addition, St. Joseph County will continue to process re-application/re-certifications for those who have already received St. Joseph County ERA funding.

Renters in need of assistance after January 14th, 2022, may be eligible to use the State of Indiana’s emergency rental assistance program. For more information about Indiana’s program, renters are encouraged to visit

Important Notice

As of December 17, the St. Joseph County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is decreasing its documentation requirement for program eligibility.

The following list of documentation is still required:

Valid lease or rental agreement in the name of the applicant (can be provided by applicant or landlord) 

Current rental payment ledger (can be provided by applicant or landlord)

A scan of Proof of Identity (i.e., driver’s license, state identification card, military ID, passport, or other forms of government-issued identification) for all adults listed on the lease/rental agreement

Copy of your most recent utility bill(s) (if you are requesting utility assistance)

Proof of household income (prior years taxes, 2020 IRS Form 1040, 2020 IRS Form W-2, pay stubs, unemployment benefits, benefits determination letter (SNAP/HIP/SSI/LIHEAP/etc)

To qualify for the program an applicant still must prove significant financial impact to your household and risk of homelessness due to COVID-19. Embedded in the application is a downloadable PDF that must be filled out and signed by the applicant to comply with this program requirement.

New Utilities Assistance Policy Effective 11/8/2021!!

Utilities arrears (past-due) payments an cover past due utilities that have accumulated on or after April 1 , 2020. If utilities arrears exist that were accrued on or before April 1, 2020, arrears of twelve (12) or fewer months will be paid in full up to the maximum per household size. If arrears of fewer than twelve (12) months are paid, the remainder may be paid in three (3) month intervals by re-certifying ever three months with the household demonstrating the need for continued ERA assistance until the maximum allowable amount of assistance is exhausted.

Need a Status Update on your current application or other program information? Call 2-1-1!

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Application Deadline Removed!

The St. Joseph County Online Application Portal is currently accepting new applications. Because funds are limited, there is no guarantee of assistance.  Assistance will not be awarded after the funds have been exhausted

Submitted in Portal

Submitted in Portal

Submitted in Portal 4249
Approved 1906

Amounts Awarded

Total Assistance $9,292,434
Arrears Rental Assistance $3,707,149
Forward Rental Assistance $4,603,851
Utilities $778,938
Other $213,617