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CHAP for Tenants App

The District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is pleased to offer financial assistance to District residents who have been unable to pay their rent or co-op carrying costs since April 2020 due to COVID-19. To be eligible, your household income must be at or below 80% of the Median Family Income (MFI) for the size of their household. For example, for a family of 4 that would be $6,633.33 or less per month (you can check your income eligibility in an upcoming question). Award amounts will be for all rent arrears owed since April 1, 2020 and payments will be made directly to the landlord or cooperative board.

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Before you begin the application process, please answer a few questions to make sure you are eligible.
1. Have you already received assistance through COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP)? *This question is required.
2. Have you lived in the District of Columbia since March 1, 2020? *This question is required.
3. When did you begin having difficulty paying your rent? *This question is required.
4. Have your finances been affected by COVID-19? For example, you've lost income or experienced increased expenses due to COVID. We'll ask you for documentation later.  *This question is required.
5. Does your household receive any federally funded rental or housing assistance? Below are a few examples:
  • DCHA Housing Choice Voucher (HCVP)
  • DCHA supported Family Rehousing Stabilization Program (FRSP)/Rapid Rehousing (RPH)
  • HUD Housing Assistance Program (HAP)
  • Live in Section 8 Housing
*This question is required.
To the best of your knowledge, is your gross (before taxes) monthly household income less than $4,645.83? To calculate, think about the money made from working and earned through assistance (wages, TANF, SSI, unemployment, child support, etc.) for everyone 18+ that lives in your home before taxes. If you're not sure, select yes. *This question is required.
To the best of your knowledge, is your gross (before taxes) monthly household income less than $5,308.33? To calculate, think about the money made from working and earned through assistance (wages, TANF, SSI, unemployment, child support, etc.) for everyone 18+ that lives in your home before taxes. If you're not sure, select yes. *This question is required.
To the best of your knowledge, is your gross (before taxes) monthly household income less than $5,970.83? To calculate, think about the money made from working and earned through assistance (wages, TANF, SSI, unemployment, child support, etc.) for everyone 18+ that lives in your home before taxes. If you're not sure, select yes. *This question is required.
To the best of your knowledge, is your gross (before taxes) monthly household income less than $6,633.33? To calculate, think about the money made from working and earned through assistance (wages, TANF, SSI, unemployment, child support, etc.) for everyone 18+ that lives in your home before taxes. If you're not sure, select yes. *This question is required.
To the best of your knowledge, is your gross (before taxes) monthly household income less than $7,166.67To calculate, think about the money made from working and earned through assistance (wages, TANF, SSI, unemployment, child support, etc.) for everyone 18+ that lives in your home before taxes. If you're not sure, select yes. *This question is required.
To the best of your knowledge, is your gross (before taxes) monthly household income less than $7,695.83? To calculate, think about the money made from working and earned through assistance (wages, TANF, SSI, unemployment, child support, etc.) for everyone 18+ that lives in your home before taxes. If you're not sure, select yes. *This question is required.
To the best of your knowledge, is your gross (before taxes) monthly household income less than $8,229.17To calculate, think about the money made from working and earned through assistance (wages, TANF, SSI, unemployment, child support, etc.) for everyone 18+ that lives in your home before taxes. If you're not sure, select yes. *This question is required.
To the best of your knowledge, is your gross (before taxes) monthly household income less than $8,758.33To calculate, think about the money made from working and earned through assistance (wages, TANF, SSI, unemployment, child support, etc.) for everyone 18+ that lives in your home before taxes. If you're not sure, select yes. *This question is required.
We think you may be eligible.

Please note that once you start this application, you will need to complete it in one sitting. You will not be able to save and return to it. If possible, we recommend you gather the following documents before you begin and reserve 30-45 minutes to complete the application. 

If you are not able to upload all your documents right now, please complete as much of the application as you can and submit what you can. A case worker will contact you to help you gather the rest of your documents.
  • Photo ID for all household members 18+ yrs old (such as a driver’s license or school ID)
  • Proof of your COVID related emergency (such as a termination of employment, notice of daycare closure)
  • Current lease agreement
  • Documentation of back rent owed from your landlord (such as a ledger from your landlord showing rent missed by date and balance due, and payment deadline)
  • Proof of income for all household members 18+ yrs old for all wages earned in the last 60 days, such as:
    • Checking and savings account statements
    • Unemployment or emergency benefit statements
    • Transaction histories from CashApp, Venmo, PayPal etc.
    • Signed 1040 Tax Return for 2020 
  • Proof of current school enrollment for any household members 18+ yrs old who are full-time students (such as a class schedule or student ID).


You can apply online here by clicking next, or if you prefer, you may contact one of our providers and their staff can assist you with completing an application. 

  • Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL): (202) 524-8175, covidrent@gwul.org  
  • Housing Counseling Services (HCS): (202) 667- 7339, chap@housingetc.org  
  • United Planning Organization (UPO): (202) 231-7910 or (202) 562-3800, housingservices@upo.org