Emergency Rental Assistance Available to DC Artists

By Editorial Team on August 9, 2021

Rental Assistance Available to DC Artists

The arts and cultural sector was hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic with high unemployment rates for artists and members of the creative industries.

Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability, or are having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are not alone. American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding of $21.6 billion in emergency rental assistance, as well as mortgage assistance is available through federal, state and local government programs. These programs can help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction.

All of us at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities remain steadfast in our commitment to serving and supporting our city’s arts and humanities community. STAY DC is the District government’s financial assistance program for DC renters and housing providers who are looking for support to cover housing and utility expenses and offset the loss of income.

Additional information for homeowners, renters, and landlords is available at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s mortgage and housing assistance site.

The effects of the pandemic continue to be felt in our daily lives to varying degrees, as evidenced by the resumption of mask requirements for all persons while indoors in the District of Columbia. We encourage you to visit coronavirus.dc.gov for the latest information on COVID-19 and the District of Columbia.