The Hamilton County CARES Rent and Utility Relief Program draws on CARES Act funds to provide short term assistance to renters who live in Hamilton County and can document income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County will pay up to 12 months for rent, rent arrears and utilities for households at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
80% of area  median income $47,850 $54,650 $61,500 $68,300 $73,800 $79,250

Hamilton County Residents can apply for rent, water, and/or gas/electric assistance. Once you apply, you will receive a confirmation email. Once the application is processed the applicant might be asked to provide additional documents and information about your circumstances. All correspondence will be via email provided on the application.

Before You Apply

Please be prepared to attach the following verification documents to your application:

Type of Assistance Required Verifications
All Applicants
  • Pay stubs covering 30 days and/or
  • An unemployment statement or letter
Rent
  • A statement showing the amount currently owed for rent/rent arrears
  •  Landlord Vendor Registration – See the instructions below. Please note: If your landlord does not complete the Landlord Vendor Registration, your application for rent assistance will be denied.
Utilities (Water or Gas/Electric)
  • A utility bill showing the amount owed, account number, and the name and address on the account

If you are unable to attach all the required verifications to the application, you can submit them after you apply by clicking on the Submit Verifications button on the left.

NOTE: You will need the Application Confirmation Code from your application confirmation e-mail to submit additional documents.

Apply

Click here to apply.

 

If you have computer troubles, difficulty gathering appropriate documents, or submitting your CARES application, please reach out to United Way 211 Care Navigators. They can help guide you through the process and even complete your application.

Call 211, or text 211CARES to 51555, or email hccc@uwgc.org  and ask for Cares Application Support.

 

After you Apply

Confirmation E-mail

After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. This e-mail will contain an Application Confirmation Code. This code is needed if you need to submit verifications and will assist in locating your application.

Landlord Vendor Registration

If you applied for RENT assistance, your landlord must be a registered vendor. Ask your landlord to register at: https://www.hcjfs.org/services/workforce-development/vendor-registration/.

Submit Verifications

If you are unable to attach all the required documents to the application, you can submit them after you apply by clicking on the Submit Verifications button on the left.

If the caseworker contacts you and requests additional information, a checklist will be e-mailed or mailed to you with a list of documentation still required. You can submit these documents by clicking on the Submit Verifications link on the left.

Note: You will need the Application Confirmation Code found in the confirmation e-mail you received when you submitted your application.