NHA’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Closed its Doors on September 30, 2022

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - After more than two years of providing emergency rental assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) and its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has ended. The U.S. Congress did not approve an extension of the ERA1 funds which has statutorily ended on September 30, 2022. 

With the help of $93,187,351 allocated from the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 and facilitated by the U.S. Treasury Department, NHA has been able to assist 17,707 aggregate requests for ERA1 assistance in the total amount of $20,915,241, before the program closed on 09/30/2022.

“Without question, this program has been a source of much needed relief during an incredibly hard time for many families across the Navajo Nation,” said ERAP Program Manager II, Earl Tulley. “It has been an honour to see the hard work and dedication of our team, community partners, and leadership in action – all coming together to provide assistance to those in need during this pandemic.”

"Since NHA was required to shut down its ERAP program, other sources of rental assistance must be found for those still needing aid," Tulley added. "As such, requesters can be referred to local state agencies under ERA2 funding which is not under NHA's jurisdiction."

More information on these state agencies can be found on the U.S. Department of the Treasury website at https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/emergency-rental-assistance-program.