Economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on many in our communities. Do you have patrons who rent their home in Wyoming and are unable to make rent, internet and utility payments? How about landlords needing help? The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) pays landlords and broadband and utility companies on behalf of eligible Wyoming renters who are unable to pay rent, internet and utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information is available and applications are now open at dfs.wyo.gov/erap.
The Wyoming Department of Family Services would like libraries’ help to spread the word in your communities. They have provided these useful tools:
Wyoming received $200 million in federal funding for the program, a U.S. Treasury initiative passed through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and expanded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Under the new federal guidelines, $180 million is available for direct financial assistance for rent, utility, and internet payments and housing stability services, while $20 million is available for application assistance and administrative costs. New guidelines have extended the program through December 31, 2021.
For patrons needing assistance with their applications, there are community based organizations being set up in counties to provide help. (Click here for an updated list.) For ERAP support, call center hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The toll-free phone number is 1-877-WYO-ERAP (1-877-996-3727).