Rental Assistance For Mississippians Program
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This program is for you if you are:
- A landlord who has tenants behind on their rent
- A Tenant who needs help paying past due rent and/or utilities in the unit they are currently living in
- A tenant who has a total household income below 80% of area median income.
Eligible households may receive up to 15 months of assistance to make rent and utility payments current.
An application for rental assistance may be submitted by either an eligible tenant or by a landlord on behalf of that eligible tenant. Tenants and landlords must apply through the www.ms-ramp.com website. Funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers.
As defined by The U.S. Department of Treasury an “eligible household” is a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meet the following criteria:
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
- Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median.
Documentation is required to prove eligibility requirements.
Eligible households who receive a monthly federal subsidy may be eligible to receive rental assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent under the MS RAMP program.
Emergency Prioritization Policy
In addition to prioritizing assistance for households with income less than 50 percent of the area median income or households with one or more individuals that have not been employed for the 90-day period preceding the date of application, the RAMP-ERA Program may prioritize applications where the RAMP-ERA Program has been notified a tenant applicant is in imminent danger of being evicted or experiencing a utility disconnection. Upon such notice from a tenant applicant, utility provider, landlord, government official, or community outreach agency, the RAMP-ERA Program, in its sole discretion, may take efforts to escalate review and expedite payment if the threatened eviction or disconnection may occur within ten (10) days. The RAMP-ERA Program may request documentation proof of the threatened eviction or utility disconnection (i.e. court summons, eviction notice, disconnect notice). In the event the RAMP-ERA Program determines the eviction or disconnection concerns claimed are not legitimate, prioritization will not occur. This Policy allows the RAMP-ERA Program to further its ultimate goal of assisting vulnerable populations to maintain their home and basic utilities.