emergency rental assistance

Montgomery county assistance program- covid

To apply for rental assistance, call the United Way's Helplink at 211 or (937) 225-3000.


As part of an emergency COVID-19 relief bill passed in December 2020, Montgomery County has nearly $16 million available to help individuals and families with their rent costs. This funding can help cover up to 12 months of back rent and up to 3 months of future rental expenses. 

To be eligible, at least one individual in the household must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have qualified for unemployment benefits or can attest in writing that they have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship due to the pandemic
  • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  • Have a household income below 80% of the area median income (see chart below)
 Household size  1 Person  2 People  3 People  4 People  5 People  6 People  7 People 8 People 
 50% area median income (priority)  $26,500  $30,300  $34,100  $37,850  $40,900  $43,950  $46,950  $50,000
 80% area median income (eligible)  $42,400  $48,450  $54,500  $60,550  $65,400  $70,250  $75,100  $79,950
To apply for rental assistance, call the United Way's Helplink at 211 or (937) 225-3000.
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As part of the CARES Act, Montgomery County received $92 million from the U.S. Treasury. Our temporary Office of CARES Act handled the distribution of these funds to small businesses, homeowners and renters, nonprofits, healthcare organizations, farmers, educational institutions, and childcare businesses. 

The funding for these grants has been depleted, and grant programs ended on either Oct. 30 or Nov. 13. The State of Ohio has announced a new program from the state's CARES Act funding that may be able to help anyone who wasn't able to get a local CARES Act grant. For more information, visit businesshelp.ohio.gov



The Miami Valley Warmline offers free confidential mental and behavioral health peer support services. Call 937-528-7777, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to see a list of mental health and coping resources.  


BusinessFirst! for a Greater Dayton Region, a collaborative economic development organization, has compiled several resources for local businesses, available here.

Small Business Administration Disaster Recovery Loans:
 Long-term, low-interest loans to help businesses recover are available at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loans

SBA Paycheck Protection Program: The SBA stopped taking applications for the Paycheck Protection Program on Aug. 8, 2020. If you've applied and want to learn more about loan forgiveness, visit the SBA's website.