ERAP Program Payments
As of August 5, ERAP has approved a total of 924 applications, or 30% of submitted applications, paying a total of $2.8M in assistance. Of the rental payments, $2.2M went to landlords, $485K to renters and $211K to utilities.
Over 90% of the eligible applications submitted in April, May, and June have been paid. Eligibility review and approval take about 30 days if the paperwork is in order and the information is correct. The biggest delays come from incomplete paperwork or incorrect information being submitted by the client or the landlord. We do everything we can to help with the paperwork rather than deny the application, which is happening in other states.
Eviction moratorium update
The majority of Wyoming counties currently fall under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s recent eviction moratorium extension for communities with substantial or high-level community transmission of COVID-19. The CDC temporary order is in effect from Aug. 3 through Oct. 3, 2021. The new CDC order applies only to Wyoming counties listed as substantial or high-level community transmission. The affected Wyoming counties are identified on the CDC COVID tracker (Click here to see the updated tracker). Please check the tracker regularly as levels may change based on updated data.
To qualify for the protection, renters must provide a signed declaration to their landlord indicating they qualify for the eviction protections. The CDC has created a standardized declaration form that can be downloaded here.
The ERAP is available for eligible renters at risk of eviction due to the inability to make rent payments. Information can be found at dfs.wyo.gov/erap or call 1-877-WYO-ERAP.