Delaware County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program Celebrates 100% Expenditure Success and Announces Program Closure (Chester Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
February 22nd, 2023

From Delaware County, PA's press release:

The Delaware County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Delco ERA) has expended 100% of its allocation of $82,918,830 in emergency rental assistance funds, having awarded a total of 12,889 grants to low-income renters who experienced housing instability during COVID-19 pandemic. The Delco ERA program helped keep many Delaware County residents in their homes and prevented large-scale homelessness during the global pandemic.

Delco ERA launched in March 2021 with a mission to help low-income Delaware County residents avoid eviction and housing instability as communities weathered the impact of COVID-19. The U.S. Treasury and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania awarded Delco ERA $50,711,553 in ERA 1 funds from the CARES Act of 2020 and an additional $32,207,277 in ERA 2 funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

By October 2021, Delco ERA had expended 100% of its first allocation of $37.27 million in ERA 1 funds—when the national average expenditure rate was just 45%. Delco ERA received an additional $15,259,080 in re-allocated ERA 1 and ERA 2 funds. The high performance of the team directly led to over $15M in additional funds being awarded to Delaware County renters and landlords.

In April 2022, Delaware County received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence, in recognition of the County’s successful Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Delaware County Council, the Delaware County Department of Human Services, the County Solicitor’s Officer, Capital Access, numerous staff members from many State and County agencies, as well as many community partners—including the Multicultural Community Family Services, the Delaware County Foundation, Media Fellowship House, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, the Chester Housing Authority and Chester City Hall—have all played a significant role in making the Delco ERA program a success.

Read Delaware County, PA's press release, featuring Chester Housing Authority.

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