Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program launched to help residents impacted by COVID-19


Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa is accepting applications for the 2021 Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program (ERAP) in response to COVID-19’s financial impact to Mesa residents. Funded through the U.S. Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the program provides rent and utility assistance to prevent eviction and homelessness.

“Many people in Mesa are still facing serious financial challenges nearly a year after the pandemic began,” Mayor John Giles said. “The rent and utility assistance provided through this program will offer much needed relief to renters and homeowners most at risk.”

To qualify, you must be a City of Mesa resident impacted by COVID through a significant lifechanging event such as loss of job, reduced hours and medical expenses. Your household monthly gross income must be at or below 80 percent of the median depending on the number of household members. Priority will be given to applicants who have any household member unemployed for the last 90 days or longer due to COVID or the total household income is at or below 50 percent of the area median income

Applicants to the 2021 ERAP program must have documentation including a photo ID, proof of income for all household members for the last 60 days, a current lease agreement and a current utility bill. Assistance is based on availability of funding.

Online and paper applications are available at https://www.mesaaz.gov/mesacares. Residents needing assistance completing the application may visit MesaCAN (Mesa Community Action Network), 635 N. Broadway, Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. They may also call (480) 644-5440 or email ERAPinfo@mesaaz.gov for assistance.