Using CPA funds for Emergency Rental Assistance
MHP continues to work with the Community Preservation Coalition (CPC) to provide guidelines on how Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds can be used to provide emergency rental assistance (ERA). Using CPA funds for emergency rental assistance is a topic many communities have inquired about given the number of residents who have lost income due to business closures. The CPC confirmed that providing rental assistance is permitted, something that was clarified when the law was amended in 2012.
It is important to note that the statute has several restrictions on how the funds can be used and for who. MHP released a guide for using CPA funds for ERA. CPA allows funds to be allocated to individuals and families up to 100 percent of the area median income (AMI) and does not require a social security number.