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Washington DC Rental Assistance

Last Updated on January 27, 2023 by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt

The devastating effects of the pandemic continue to be felt in the United States, where millions of Americans are facing deep rental debt, evictions and loss of basic housing security. COVID-19 has only made the affordability crisis worse, evictions more frequent and deep inequalities worse that could threaten an equitable economic recovery. In this article, we will go through Washington DC rental assistance programs and how to get it.

Ways To Get Rental Assistance Near Washington, Dc


2-1-1 is a confidential, anonymous referral and information helpline that connects callers with essential human and health services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nationally, 2-1-1 serves as a link between social services and emergency services.

  • United Way NCA refers thousands of callers looking for social services to 2-1-1 centers in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
  • 2-1-1 is available in many languages, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Individuals can call 2-1-1 to find food, shelters and utilities, as well as counseling and health care in their community. 

Project Community Connect 2021: DC Rental/Utility Assistance Panel

Many people are behind in their rent due to the pandemic. This is because they have lost their jobs as service workers. The federal government has provided millions of dollars in utility and rental funds to local governments to avoid evictions. Below, panelists from the utility and rental panel share information about how to apply for federal funds.


STAY DC is a financial aid program for D.C. tenants and housing providers looking for assistance to pay for housing and utilities, and offset income loss. Renters may apply for money to pay rent, gas, water and electricity.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

resources to assist renters

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a range of resources to assist renters at this time. You can get assistance with finding an apartment or public housing. The Housing Choice Voucher Program will pay all or part of the rent. Other materials include fair housing, security deposits, tenant rights, laws, and protections.

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