What is the Horry County Emergency Rental Assistance Program?
The Horry County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is designed to assist Horry County residents directly or indirectly impacted by and/or during COVID-19 with rental and utility assistance. Various forms of documentation are required by this program to determine eligibility, and if eligible, to determine the amount of financial assistance available per applicant.
What does this program help with?
ERAP offers eligible applicants up to 12 months of rental and utility arrears, plus three months of forward assistance.
Can landlords refer their tenants with past-due rent?
Yes, landlords can refer their tenants with past-due rent here: https://erap.echousing.org/landlord/ The ERAP system will automatically send an invitation to apply to the referred tenant.
NOTE: Tenants must apply to receive assistance, as program eligibility is tenant-based.
How do I apply for assistance?
Interested applicants can apply online here: https://erap.echousing.org/tenant/ or by calling the ERAP line at (843) 492-2600.
How do I check the status of my application?
Tenants can check the status of an application online using their complete application ID (example: HC-T-XXXXX) here: https://erap.echousing.org/status/
Do I qualify for this program?
Eligibility Criteria for Tenant:
- Must be a Horry County resident, with proof of residency, and residing in the property that is in arrears as primary residence and;
- One or more adults in the household must have qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak and;
- One or more adults in the household must be able to demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability such as a past due rent or utility notice, pay rent or quit notice, court-issued eviction notice, fleeing domestic violence, or documented inability to pay prospective rent and;
- Must be able to provide a fully-executed rental lease or agreement where the lease is in the Applicant’s name and the Applicant is responsible for monthly rent payments and;
- Landlord must confirm applicant’s past-due status and be willing to accept payment on applicant’s behalf and;
- Household income must fall at or below these brackets:
- Must read and agree to full Terms & Conditions that are outlined prior to submission of the application.
If I apply and I am eligible, when will I receive assistance?
All applications are served in the order determined by ERAP prioritization. Federal program rules require prioritization of assistance to households with incomes less than 50% of the area median income, and to households with one or more members that have been unemployed for at least 90-days preceding the date of application. Applicants meeting one or both of the federally-mandated criteria defined above, that also have a pending eviction notice are further prioritized.Eligible applicants that do not meet any of the defined prioritization criteria will be served following the prioritized applicants on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
When I applied for ERAP I did not have an eviction notice, but I just received an eviction notice. What do I do?
If you receive an eviction notice after applying for ERAP, please email a copy of it with your application ID to: [email protected]. We will reprioritize your application accordingly.
When is the deadline to apply for Horry County’s ERAP?
Currently, there is no deadline to apply. The Horry County ERAP application portal will remain open, providing that ERAP funds remain available.
I don’t live in Horry County, how do I get emergency rental assistance?
Non-Horry County residents can search for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program that serves your local area here: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/emergency-rental-assistance-program/program-index
I am having trouble paying my mortgage, do I qualify?
No, this program is not available to homeowners.
I haven’t gotten an eviction notice, but my landlord just told me I have to move out. What do I do?
You may still apply for ERAP without an eviction notice here: https://erap.echousing.org/tenant. If you receive an eviction notice after applying, email a copy of it to [email protected] and we will re-prioritize your application accordingly.
Tenants have rights regarding the eviction process and you must receive written notice in order to be evicted. You can learn more about your rights at: The Eviction Process - SC Appleseed (scjustice.org)