Mar. 29, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)

Luzerne County residents at risk of eviction or loss of utility service due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

Applications are currently being accepted by Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) at

Authorized by the General Assembly under Act 1 of 2021, households may be eligible for up to 12 months of assistance to cover past-due or future rental and/or utility payments. To qualify, a household must be responsible to pay rent on a residential property; have at least one person who qualified for unemployment benefits, had a decrease in income, had increased household costs or experienced other financial hardship due to the pandemic; have at least one person at risk of homelessness or household instability; and have a household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.

Additional information about ERAP is available on the Department of Human Services website at

The program will end when all funds have been expended, which is expected to happen by September 2021. Per Act 1 of 2021, all funds must be spent by Dec. 31, 2021.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136 /