Emergency Rental Aid Program
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SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER NO LONGER REQUIRED TO APPLY.

The Hinds County Emergency Rental Aid (HCERA) Program provides emergency rental  assistance to Hinds County households experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Hinds County anticipates the need for assistance will be far greater than the funds available. Because  of this, we have developed an application process that will ensure that all applicants will  be treated fairly. If applicants pick up and complete a paper application, they must drop off the completed application at one of the designated site locations during an assistance period or mail the completed application package to:

The Integrity Group
Hinds County ERA Grant Program
2120 Killarney Way
Tallahassee, FL 32309

To schedule an appointment to meet with a Grant Specialist in person please call or visit:

769-251-1297
510 George Street, Suite 217, Jackson, MS 39202

To obtain the funding from this grant an on-line application process is available. It is highly recommended that applicants apply on-line or via mobile phone rather than use the paper application. The online process will begin at 9:00 a.m. on April 19, 2021.  The application period will remain open until further notice.

All applications that are completed and meet the basic program requirements will be reviewed for approval based upon a “first qualified, first served” process. Ensuring that an application is complete and is accompanied by the necessary documentation will prevent any delays in the review process.

Required Documents

TENANTS

  1. Valid, current identification (state driver’s license, state identification card, or passport) – attestation available
  2. Current lease/rental agreement or other documentation evidencing the agreement between the landlord and tenant that includes the property address, rental amount, and rental dates, including any extensions, if applicable. – attestation available
  3. Documentation Supporting Household Income
  • Copy of determination/benefits letter from TANF, WIC, SSI, SNAP, Medicaid or Head Start; or
  • Copy of 2020 IRS Tax Return Form 1040 for applicant household; or
  • Income documentation for the past 60 days for each household member over the age of 18 years old.
  • Attestation available
  1. Attestation of financial hardship due to COVID-19
  2. If requesting utility assistance, a copy of the tenant’s bill, showing the name of the service provider, account number, and name and address of the customer.

LANDLORDS

  1. Landlord Participation Form (with Landlord’s W9 Form and ACH Credit Authorization if the landlord agrees to participate and has not completed online application)
  2. IRS W-9 Form
  3. ACH Direct Deposit Authorization

The following forms can be downloaded below:

Landlord Participation Agreement

Workout Agreement

Lease Terms Attestation

Housing Instability Form

IRS W-9 Form

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Have questions about an Assistance Program or application?  Visit the FAQ page to find more information.

If you suspect fraud for this program please call 1-888-645-7475

Please note: Mailed/Paper application will not be able to be submitted without additional documentation. Please see required documents before mailing, some examples are:

  • ID
  • Copy of Lease
  • Landlord/Tenant Agreement
  • W9
  • Proof of Income or Unemployment

In order to reapply for the Hinds County ERA Program, you must have qualified or received funding from this program already.  If you have not, please go back and click on the Application button.  If you have met this criteria, click below to proceed.