Emergency Rental Assistance Program FAQ's

Emergency Rental Assistance Program FAQ's

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What is the Fulton County COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program?

Fulton County has received $18 million through the United States Emergency Rental Assistance program. The purpose of Fulton County’s program is to provide financial assistance to eligible households for the payment of rent, rent arrearage, utilities, utility arrearage and other housing costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who should apply?

The applicant should be an adult tenant in an eligible household.

An eligible household includes:

  • One or more individuals who are obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and
  • One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, or incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19 pandemic.

The applicant must be able to attest in writing that one or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability such as

  • Past due utility or rent notice or eviction notice;
  • Unsafe or unhealthy living conditions, or
  • Any other evidence of such risk as determined by Fulton County.

What documentation do I need to apply?

If you are a tenant:

  • CONTACT INFO: Your address, email and phone number
  • ID: Valid Photo ID of applicant
  • PROOF OF YOUR INCOME –tax returns or wage statement
  • LEASE: Lease Agreement or Documentation of Payments made
  • EVICTION NOTICE: Copies of eviction notice or dispossessory notice (if applicable)
  •  UTILITIES: Past Due Water, Electric and Gas Utility notices. You will also need to enter the account numbers.
  • UNEMPLOYMENT: Documentation of unemployment or loss of income since March 2020
  • PREVIOUS ASSISTANCE: Notices of any prior rental assistance you have received since March 2020
  • Any other documentation that indicates your risk of homelessness
  • Your landlord’s Email Address


If you are a landlord:

  • CONTACT INFO: Your email and phone number
  • IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: Social Security number, tax identification number, or DUNS number
  • W-9 Form: Completed and signed IRS W-9
  • BUSINESS LICENSE: Current Business License
  • LEASE: Lease Agreement

Why do you need my personal information and documents?

This program is funded by the United States Treasury. The Treasury Department requires information and documentation to show that Fulton County has properly used the funds for this program.  Required documentation includes information such as income information, social security numbers, and/or other information and documents.

Fulton County may need to provide the information you share with the Treasury Department to facilitate proper tracking use of funds. If you fail to provide any required information and/or documentation, your application may not be processed.

When can I apply?

Fulton County is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. To apply visit, fultoncountyga.gov/renthelp or call 1-855-776-7912

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Is there a maximum income to qualify for the Fulton County COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program?

Yes, there are limitations on the maximum household income to qualify for Fulton County COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Income caps are as follows:

Household 1  $46,350
Household 2  $52,950
Household 3  $59,550
Household 4   $66,150 
Household 5  $71,450
Household 6   $76,750
Household 7   $82,050
Household 8   $87,350

I am a Landlord – may I apply?

Yes. If you are an owner/landlord who would like to become eligible to receive emergency rental assistance payments on behalf of your tenant, you must complete a Landlord Application in the Fulton County COVID-19 Emergency Rental portal.

If I have been making partial payments on my rent, may I apply?


What if I am not on the lease, and that person is not able to apply, but i live here and face eviction?

If an adult is living in leased property in Fulton County outside the City of Atlanta and faces the possibility of eviction, you should apply using the Tenant Application. You will be eligible if you meet the financial and other requirements for an eligible household.

I live in Atlanta. May I apply for this program?

No. This program was funded by the U.S. Government specifically for Fulton County residents outside the City of Atlanta.  The City of Atlanta received its own funding.

I am not behind on my rent- just my utilities and fees to the LL or utility, may i still apply?


If I was evicted already, may I apply?


What if I do not have a written lease, but just pay month to month?

You are a tenant for purposes of this application, and you may file an application. However, you may be required to provide other evidence of the landlord/tenant relationship, such as proof of prior payment.

I am not a Tenant - I am a homeowner behind on my mortgage. May I apply?

No. This program only provides assistance for residential dwelling rental obligations.

I am homeless, may I apply for assistance?

Yes. If you otherwise qualify and already lost the occupancy of housing, you may apply to obtain financial assistance to pay the landlord and/or utility companies for the outstanding rental arrears and/or utility arrears.