On May 5th, a federal judge ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exceeded its authority when it imposed a federal eviction moratorium to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, that decision has been stayed pending an appeal by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The stay continues to be in place, meaning the CDC eviction moratorium is still in effect until its scheduled end date of June 30, 2021. For more information on the CDC eviction moratorium, please see the attached flyer that explains when it applies.
The City of Tulsa’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is continuing accept applications. ERAP can provide relief to landlords and tenants for up to 12 months of back rent payments owed since March 15, 2020. ERAP can also pay 3 months forward of rent for a total of 15 months of assistance per tenant household. The City of Tulsa, Tulsa County, and the state of Oklahoma have partnered with Restore Hope to administer ERAP and applications can be made online at: http://erap.restorehope.org.
Restore Hope has received over 8,000 applications so far. While they are reviewing hundreds of applications a day, there is a backlog. If you have not received a payment yet, that does not mean that the application has been denied or your tenant did not apply – it may still be being reviewed. You can check the status of applications online: https://erap.restorehope.org/en-US/ERAPStatus/Home/CheckStatus If you have questions about an application, ownership documents, W-9’s or other concerns, you can email:
- Kristin Maun, Housing Coordinator, kmaun
- Alisa Dougless, ERAP Manager, adougless
- Restore Hope ERAP, erap
Landlords participating in the City of Tulsa’s Gold Star Landlord Program are receiving prioritized processing of their tenants’ applications. For more information about the City of Tulsa’s Gold Star Landlord Program, there is an attached flyer. You can also find out more and apply online at: http://www.cityoftulsa.org/landlords.