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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program


The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program is designed to provide rent and utility assistance to eligible households who have experienced financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19.

An application for assistance may be submitted by an eligible household. Eligible households must verify they will not duplicate assistance. Eligible landlords may submit a referral for tenants.

Funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers. If a landlord does not wish to participate, funds may be paid directly to the eligible household. If an individual residing in the eligible household is an immediate family member of the landlord, the household may not qualify for the ERA Program, at the discretion of the Chickasaw Nation.

The Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERAP) will no longer accept new applications after July 1, 2022. ERAP will process all applications received up to this date. Eligible applicants who have applied but have not received funding by this date, will still have their application processed.

Available assistance includes:

  • Current, future and/or past due rent
  • Current, future and/or past due utilities and home energy costs for tenant household
  • Other expenses related to housing

Eligibility will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Applications are prioritized for:

  • An individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to submitting the application for assistance.
  • Eligible households with income at or below 50% of the area median.
  • The payment of an eligible household’s existing housing-related expenses that could result in eviction.

Please use the corresponding button for more information regarding eligibility, required documentation and to fill out an application.

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0453 and ERA0795 awarded to the Chickasaw Nation by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.