Treasury ERA Programs with Flexibility Features Spent More of their Allocations

Date Published: 
January 12th, 2022

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and Housing Initiative at Penn published new research providing a preliminary analysis of key program-design features and outcomes of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs. Researchers analyzed program features for 495 ERA programs recorded in NLIHC’s Treasury ERA database, surveys of 105 program administrators, and expenditure data from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The study found that self-attestation and other tools to reduce documentation burdens, like categorical eligibility and fact-specific proxy, are important to a program’s ability to distribute assistance to households in need. The study also analyzed spending outcomes of ERA programs which showed that ERA programs that adopted any type of self-attestation were more likely to have had above average spending between June and September 30, 2021 and were more likely to be in the top quartile of spending during those months. The report concludes that future research should focus on who receives ERA assistance and the impact of assistance on recipients’ wellbeing.   


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