Emergency Rental Assistance Funds Projected to be Disbursed by November, Begins Transition to State Program

Pulaski County has closed applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The county has disbursed approximately 60 percent of its ERAP funds to rent and utility assistance to households; the remaining funds are obligated to pending applicants.

Pulaski County is working with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to transition completed applications to their program by the first of November. Applicants should expect notification letters in the coming weeks.

“This program was beyond anything we could have imagined in terms of the significant need,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “We ask for patience as we transition from the County ERAP program to DHS’s rental assistance program. I commend Community Services Director Fred Love and his staff for projecting the end of program funding and immediately executing a transition plan. We appreciate the state’s willingness to work with us to ensure Pulaski County residents remain in stable housing.”

Pulaski County received $10.5 million from the U.S. Treasury for the Emergency Rental Assistance program in April 2021. Since launching the program, the county has received more than 18,000 applications.

“I’m proud that we have been able to help families through this challenging time,” said Hyde. “Pulaski County Community Services employees have done a yeoman’s job. They’ve worked through staffing shortages, COVID-19 exposure, and the overwhelming amount of applications. They’ve been the true demonstration of public servants.”