Data Dashboard for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act included funding for states to establish emergency rental assistance programs. Pennsylvania and its counties received approximately $1.3 billion total from both laws to administer assistance to renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic insecurity. This funding program can be used to pay past due or upcoming rent and utilities; and can assist with rehousing costs for eligible applicants who need to find a new home to rent.
Governor Wolf signed PA Act 1 of 2021 into law on February 5, 2021, which officially designated the Department of Human Services (DHS) as the agency overseeing administration of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), referred to as ERAP1. On June 30, 2021, Governor Wolf signed PA Act 24 of 2021 into law, allowing DHS to implement and administer the expanded program, commonly referred to as ERAP2.
ERAP1 was implemented on March 8, 2021 and ended on September 30, 2022. ERAP2 is currently taking applications. Pennsylvanians can apply online through COMPASS. Some counties are not using the COMPASS application. If your county is not using COMPASS, you will be automatically directed to your local ERAP agency contact.
The Applications Dashboard displays the number of received, approved, and denied applications for the selected month, as well as the number of pending applications at the end of the selected month within the Pennsylvania counties.
Heat Map displays monthly application data at the county level and ranks the counties by the number of applications received per month:
- Users can view individual county data by hovering their mouse over a particular county to view data points such as: County Name, it's rank by applications received, and the number of applications received, pending, approved, and denied for the selected month.
- To view only the data points of a particular county, the user can click a particular county which will display only it's data points in the blue Key Point Indicator (KPI) boxes along the top, as well as the bar chart to the right. To exit the county data points and return to statewide data points, click anywhere in the shaded grey area of the state map.
Bar Chart displays the total number of applications broken down by application phase and ERAP Type:
- Users can view ERAP data for an application phase by hovering their mouse over a colored stack to view data points such as: ERAP Type and Number of Applications.
To view the counties that align with a particular ERAP Type and Application Phase, the user can click the desired colored stack and the respective counties will highlight on the State heatmap. The blue KPI boxes along the top will update as well. Users can select a different colored stack to view another ERAP Type and Application Phase, or to return to statewide data points click anywhere in the white area of the bar chart.
- Users can also view the application data of both charts per ERAP Type and Month by using the filters on the right-hand side of the dashboard.