Are you behind on your rent, mortgage, or utilities due to COVID-19?

The City of Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program gives financial help to homeowners and renters impacted by COVID-19. Funds can be used to cover past due rent/mortgage, utilities, and move-in deposits as a result of impending eviction.

To qualify for United Way funding, you must:

  • Live within the city limits of Atlanta.
  • Live in a rental property, single or multi-family home. Residents living in PadSplit, School Shared Housing, hotel, motel, etc. are not eligible.
  • Be able to show that you are unable to pay the full or a portion of past/current due rent, mortgage, and/or utilities or unable to pay security deposit as a result of a recent loss of income (job loss, furlough, reduced work hours to care for child(ren) due to COVID-19.
  • Have a current lease in your name or a current mortgage statement showing past due monthly mortgage amounts.
  • Currently receive no housing subsidies.
  • Meet the following income requirements:
    o receive emergency financial assistance through this program, your gross current household income cannot exceed 60% of the HUD 2020 Monthly Income Limit.

    To receive emergency financial assistance through this program, your gross current household income cannot exceed 60% of the HUD 2020 Monthly Income Limit.

    How to Apply for Funding

    The Application

    The application takes about 30-60 minutes. You can save and come back to the application later if you need to. 

    The application requires some documentation to confirm your eligibility. We’ve listed the required documents for you below!

    Required Documents

    1. Copy of your Photo ID.
    2. Proof of Income for each adult member of the household. This doesn’t include children/dependents who are full-time students. Proof of income includes: monthly paystubs, SSD/SSI/SS award letter, bank statements, unemployment, retirement, child support, or a letter from your employer showing amount earned in a certain period (if you’re paid in cash). Check the chart above to be sure you fall within the income requirements!
    3. Proof of Residence (Lease or mortgage statement). Renters have to have a current signed lease. Your name has to be on the lease or mortgage.
    4. Proof of Extenuating Circumstance. To receive this funding, you must have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Documentation might include a separation/furloughed notice, proof of reduced hours, check stubs showing work after the onset of the pandemic, verification of sick leave, FMLA, a copy of utility bills showing an increase due to the pandemic, copies of medical bills incurred after the onset of the pandemic, etc.
    5. Bill – Current or Past Due. This could include a late notice or eviction notice, a rent statement, or a utilities bill. NOTE: Water bills do not qualify.
    6. Completed landlord verification form and W-9

    Start the Application

    AVLF is one of several organizations who are working to distribute this financial assistance to Atlantans impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

    If you’d like to work with us to process your application, make sure to select AVLF from the “Agency Preference” drop-down menu.

    If you don’t select AVLF, you might be contacted by another organization instead.

    Call Us

    We know the application can be daunting, and we’re here to help! 

    Leave us a message at the number below, and our team will call you back to help.


    We set up a hotline to walk you through the application and answer any questions you have along the way.

    Visit Us In Person

    Once you have gathered your required documents, we can help you fill out the application in person. We cannot help you if you don’t bring all the required documents.

    November In-Person Application Dates

    Loudermilk Conference Center
    40 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

    November 14th 10am-3pm
    November 16th 10am-3pm
    November 18th 2pm-7pm 
    November 20th 2pm-7pm
    November 23rd 10am-3pm
    November 24th 10am-3pm

    For more information on how we’re handling the COVID-19 outbreak, visit this page.

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