|JEFFERSON COUNTY TO RESUME COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ON OCT. 24|
Due to receiving an additional $5 million in funding from the State of Alabama, Jefferson County will resume taking applications for its COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) on Oct. 24, via its web portal at ERAP.JCCAL.org. The program was temporarily suspended on June 30, 2022, so that the County could ensure processing of applications that were in the pipeline without exhausting funding.
Since May of 2021, Jefferson County’s ERAP has assisted 2,871 households stay in their homes through the COVID-19pandemic. The program has successfully disbursed roughly $26 million in assistance for rent, utilities, and other housing related costs on behalf of Jefferson County residents.
The county is proud of the support it has been able to provide to its citizens and recognizes the continued need for assistance. We will continue to work with our partners at the Birmingham Urban League and Bridge Ministries, to help administer these funds to those in need.This is the third round of federal ERAP funding. In the first round of funding Jefferson County received $13,502,417.90, in the second round it received $16,526,993.70,and the State of Alabama voluntarily reallocated this $5 million and an additional $5 million is pending.