Last week, the CDC announced that the eviction moratorium will be extended through July 31, 2021. This will be the final extension of the moratorium. The CDC stated the reason for the final 30-day extension is to allow the nearly $47 billion in emergency rental assistance included in the American Rescue Plan to reach landlords. The CDC’s order is available online here: CDC_Eviction_Extension_Order_Final_06242021.pdf
The City of Tulsa’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) administered by Restore Hope continues to be accepting applications. Over $4 million in rental assistance has been distributed. Eligible tenants can receive up to 12 months of back rent and 3 months of forward for up to 15 months of total assistance. There is no monetary cap on the amount of financial assistance a household can receive. The extension of the moratorium will provide more time for this essential assistance to reach landlords. If a tenant is evicted and removed, the funds can no longer be used to pay back or forward rent to the landlord because the tenant is no longer occupying the property. Tenants can apply online at: http://erap.restorehope.org.
Due to the widespread financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Restore Hope has received over 8,000 applications. Restore Hope is diligently reviewing applications – up to 400 applications a day – but landlords and tenants may be experiencing delays. You can reach out to me for assistance in checking the status of an application or check the status online: Check the Emergency Rental Assistance Status – NMA Portal (restorehope.org)
Landlords participating in the City of Tulsa’s Gold Star Landlord Program will receive prioritized processing of ERAP applications, you can find more information about the Gold Star Program at: http://www.cityoftulsa.org/landlords.
If you need assistance resolving concerns with tenants, such as working out payment plans, the Early Settlement Mediation Program provides free mediation for landlords and tenants. You can learn more about mediation from the Housing Solutions’ Landlord Tenant Resource Center: Mediation – Landlord Tenant Resources (tulsaltrc.org)