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City of Birmingham offers in-person sign-up for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Updated: Nov 23

The City of Birmingham’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) will handle applications in person on Saturday, Aug. 7 at Bill Harris Arena from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To make an appointment, residents should call 205-778-2091. Appointments will be served first. Walk ups will be given paper applications to start the process.


The city’s ERA program is for residents experiencing a difficulty in paying rent or utilities because of COVID-19. The program is also available for landlords. For more information or to start the application process online, people should visit www.birminghamal.gov/renthelp .


The city rolled out the program in June with online submissions. They are still accepting online applications, but have set Aug. 7 as a time for people to meet with organizers in person to apply for assistance.


July 31 ends the federal moratorium on evictions. Residents should NOT wait until Aug. 7 to start the application process. City organizers are urging those in need to start their applications online now.


When completing the application online or in person, residents should remember that several documents are required to complete the application process. Applications will not be considered ready for review unless the application has been completely filled out.


Renters should bring their:

  • Signed lease

  • Driver’s license or another photo ID

  • Proof of Income (2020 taxes, paystub, unemployment award letter or bank statement.)

  • Past due utility bill (Power, gas, water)

  • Rent statement or ledger

  • Eviction notice

  • Valid email address

  • Documents showing the household has experienced direct or indirect negative economic impact due to COVID-19.

  • Landlord’s W-9, address of property for rental apartment and contact information

Landlords should bring their:

  • W-9

  • Property address for rental apartment

  • Contact information

Courtesy of the City of Birmingham


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