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Important Message: The STAY DC program is no longer accepting applications. Tenants may still be eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) if you are seeking rental assistance, first month rent and security deposit. To view ERAP eligibility requirements and apply for ERAP click the following link:

If you are seeking utility assistance, please click the following link to find out about programs available:

If you have applied to STAY DC and want to check your application status, please click the following link:

About Us

Under Mayor Muriel Bowser’s leadership, the District government is working to ensure residents have access to resources needed to help them stay in their homes. The District has already launched several programs to support tenants and landlords negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. STAY DC provides funds to assist households unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The STAY DC program is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS), and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).