To All Tribal Leaders;

On December 27, 2020, H.R. 133, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act, was signed into law. One of the key provisions in H.R. 133 was funding for rental assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Of the $81.88 billion appropriated, $409.4 million was set aside specifically for tribal governments or their tribally designated housing entity (TDHE). The Treasury Department seeks to distribute the funds as quickly as possible and this has created a short window for enrolling in the program, with a deadline of Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. (EDT).

The funds will be provided directly to tribal governments or TDHEs and the enrolled grantees may distribute the funds to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs. To receive ERAP funds, tribal governments or TDHEs must enroll through the ERAP web portal here, and must provide payment information and accept the award terms.

Tribal governments or TDHE must enroll by Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. (EDT).

If tribal governments or TDHEs do not submit their information via the portal by the January 12th deadline, the Treasury department will redistribute the funds. We urge tribes or TDHEs to submit their information via the web portal before the deadline.

If you have any questions about this Alert or would like further information, please contact Mica Llerandi at Thank you.


Stay safe and healthy.