The Lake County Board of Commissioners has accepted an allocation of $6.8 M made available as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The United States Department of Treasury is the administering executive agency for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and on June 17, 2021 the Commissioners entered into an agreement with Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. and Lifeline to get those funds where they are needed most.

This program can assist with rental arrears, current rent, future rent in three month qualifying periods. Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. is assisting Lifeline with the pre-screening/application process for Rent. If you are in need of utility assistance, please contact Lifeline Inc. directly at (440)354-2148.

Below please find the eligibility criteria, required documentation for the program, program guidelines and an online fillable application that can be initiated by the landlord or the tenant. . If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. at (440)392-0147.

 

If you are a Lake County resident seeking mortgage assistance or Geauga County Resident seeking rent and mortgage assistance, there are additional programs available at this time. Please click here for more information. 

Eligibility Criteria

An eligible household is defined as a renter household which meets the following criteria:

  1. At least 1 adult in the household qualifies for unemployment or has reduced income, significant costs or financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; And
  3. Has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income; And
  4. Must rent a residence and reside within Lake County.

Please see the chart below for income limits:

Required Documentation for Tenant

To apply for this program, the tenant must provide the documentation below. This documentation must be gathered prior to submitting an online application for assistance.  This documentation includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Lease agreement
  2. Account statement/ balance (document from landlord showing what you currently owe on your rent at this time)

Required Documentation for Landlord

If the application is submitted by the landlord on behalf of the tenant:

  1. The landlord must complete and submit a W-9 Form
  2. The landlord must complete and submit a Landlord verification form which will be provided by a representative of Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc.

 

How to Apply?

There are numerous ways to apply for assistance with your rent. FHRC and Lifeline, Inc. have taken steps to make this process as easy as possible. If you have any difficulties, please do not hesitate to reach out to Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. at (440) 392-0147.

  1. You can contact Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. at (440)392-0147 and go through the intake process. A counselor will take your information and screen you for the program. If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above a counselor will walk you step by step through the application process.
  2. You can apply online at the links below. This online application will require the documentation listed above for submission. Please gather the necessary documents and fill out the online application. This application will be forwarded to a Counselor at Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. who will get in contact with you within 24-48 hours.
  3. You may stop in our office located at 1100 Mentor Ave., Painesville, Ohio 44077. Our office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A counselor will take your information, screen using the eligibility criteria and walk you step by step through the application process.