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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

This assistance can cover past due rental payments, future rent, and current utility bills. Applicants that have previously received assistance from the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program may apply for additional assistance, though there is no guarantee they will receive assistance again.
The City of Fort Wayne has received an additional $6.3M in Emergency Rental Assistance. This is a short-term, COVID Relief Program. Having received prior assistance does not guarantee future assistance. 
Application intake will open on Monday, February 21st at 10am via the online application portal below, or by appointment in person with Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities. Please note that the program requirements have changed from the previous program rounds. 
To be eligible for assistance, applicants must meet the following requirements: 
  • Rent within the Fort Wayne city limits;
  • Have a household income at or below 80% of the area median; that’s $57,500 for a family of four; and,

              2021 Area Median Income Limits


  • Be currently experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

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Applicants who have technical difficulties or questions please call Baker Tilly US at 317-552-1463

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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Application Checklist

Listed below are the following documents you will need to bring with you for your application. Please keep in mind that any missing documentation will result in your application not being processed and it will be returned to you for your completion.

  • Government issued ID, U.S. or foreign passport, Social Security Card, Green Card, U.S. Visa, Refugee Resettlement ID, Work Permit, Military ID, or Matrícula consular
  • Proof of your address (this can be a utility bill, or a letter from a financial or government institution (Letters from a bank, SNAP, HUD, schools, etc.), a current valid Driver’s License or state issued ID card, or a current and signed Lease Agreement.
  • Proof of income for all people over the age of 18 in the household.

Proof of income can be verified using:

    • 2020 or 2021 tax return
    • 2020 or 2021 W2s
    • Last 60 days of paystubs (with gross amount)
    • Social Security documents with monthly amount (including monies received for minor dependents living in the household)
    • Unemployment documentation with weekly amount
    • Child support documents with amounts
    • Zero income Form (Form can only be used if the individual has $0 income for the last 60 days)
  • Landlord Attestation Form fully completed by landlord.
  • Lease Agreement (Minimum Required: 1st Page: containing rental property address, name/s of tenant/s, name of Landlord, length of lease term, rental amounts; and signature page. 
  • Proof of housing instability, like eviction or 10 day notice, past due rent or utilities or loss of substantial income.
  • Utility Bills- provide a bill or account number for any utility at the residence (If you are requesting assistance with utilities).

Contact Us:

Applicants who need in-person assistance with the application process can contact:

  • Catholic Charities at 260-422-5625 ext. 247
  • Lutheran Social Services at 260-969-3348
  • Connect Allen County at 260-901-5480

The City of Fort Wayne is no longer accepting paper applications for drop-off. See the Intake Calendar for application assistance dates and locations. 

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