Important Message!

Due to the high volume of applications there may be a longer wait time before you hear back from an ERAP eligibility specialist. In the meantime, please make sure all required documents have been uploaded and all sections of the application are complete. If you have not heard from an eligibility specialist after three weeks you may want to contact us to ensure that your application was received. Call 336-703-3700 or send an email to forsytherap@forsyth.cc.

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The City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have received federal funds under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to assist low-income residents who are behind on their rent or utilities payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic (directly or indirectly).

The program is open to all renters residing in the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, who have a household income 80% or less of area median income (see chart below) and have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is for renters only. ERAP provides assistance with rent and/or utilities, to include electricity, water/sewer, trash removal, natural gas, propane, fuel oil and internet (special conditions apply for Internet assistance).

HOW TO APPLY:

You can also Call 336-703-3700

GET HELP WITH YOUR ERAP APPLICATION IN-PERSON:

Appointments and Walk-in Service are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
and by Appointment Only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m at:
Forsyth County Department of Social Services
741 Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem

Click the button below to schedule an appointment for help with your new application or uploading documents to an existing application.


Priority for this program will go to:

  • Households with an income of 50% or less of area median income.
  • Households that have been unemployed for 90 days or more due to COVID-19.
  • Households with a pending court eviction.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Impacted financially by COVID-19 (such as the following):
    • Qualifies for unemployment. There are multiple ways to qualify.
    • Reduction in income (furlough or reduction in work hours)
    • Had financial hardships or increased expenses (medical, food, etc.)
  • Household income 80% or less of area median income (See chart below)
  • Needs assistance paying rent and/or utility bills

HOUSEHOLD INCOME LIMITS

INCOME LIMITS FOR HOUSEHOLD SIZES 1 TO 8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
50% income limit* $24,150 $27,600 $31,050 $34,450 $37,250 $40,000 $42,750 $45,500
80% income limit $38,600 $44,100 $49,600 $55,100 $59,550 $63,950 $68,350 $72,750
*80% is the eligibility limit and 50% is for priority processing.

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