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ARPA Household Fund Frequently Asked Questions
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Hyattsville City Council has set aside $3.7M of the ARPA funding to establish the Household Emergency Relief Program. Funding is available for up to $2,500 per individual with an additional $1,250 for each dependent child, not to exceed $5,000 per household. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of residency in the City of Hyattsville and demonstrate financial need caused by COVID-19. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)?
Legislation signed by President Biden in March 2021 to provide direct relief to the American people, rescue the economy, and contain COVID-19. The City of Hyattsville received a $17.9 million ARPA grant as part of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund and the City Council set aside a portion of those funds to serve as emergency relief for City of Hyattsville residents*, small businesses, non-profits, child care and food assistance.
*Eligibility is limited to residents within the incorporated City of Hyattsville. For more information, see Question 4.
2. What is the HER Program?
The City of Hyattsville designated $3,700,000 of its American Rescue Plan Act funds for resident emergency relief and created the Household Emergency Relief Program (HER) to help those families and individuals with financial need due to COVID-19.
3. Who is eligible to apply for HER Program?
• You must be a resident of the City of Hyattsville as of October 15, 2022; regardless of legal status.
• You must demonstrate financial need associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. How do I verify if I am a Hyattsville resident?
Visit hyattsville.org/isithyattsville to enter your address in the search box to verify whether your address is within the incorporated City of Hyattsville.
5. What if my postal address is listed as Hyattsville but falls outside of the incorporated City limits
Addresses outside the incorporated City limits are not eligible for funding under this program. The Federal Government requires that each municipality provide relief funds only to residents who live within its legal boundaries. You may contact your municipality or Prince George’s County to find out if any assistance programs serve your City.
6. I applied for the program to the Hyattsville CDC. Do I need to submit another application?
No, the City of Hyattsville began administering the Household Emergency Relief program in April 2023. All applications submitted to the Hyattsville CDC are being transferred to the City, and City Staff will process applications until the program’s conclusion in June 2023.
7. What documentation is required to apply?
• Proof of residency in the City of Hyattsville
• Documentation to establish eligibility due to income, hardship, or current enrollment in an eligible federal or state program. Those programs include:
o Children’s Health Insurance Program,
o Childcare Subsidies through the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Program,
o Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
o Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
o Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast (SBP) programs
o Medicare Part D Low-income Subsidies
o Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
o Head Start and/or Early Head Start
o Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
o Section 8 Vouchers
o Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
o Pell Grants
o Maryland Unemployment Insurance
8. What document is needed to establish eligibility due to Federal or State Program Eligibility?
Acceptable documentation of federal or state program participation includes: Statement of Benefits, Copy of a program payment, Program Acceptance Letter or other Correspondence.
9. What document is needed to establish eligibility due to income?
Acceptable documentation of income-based eligibility includes: Most recent W2s or tax returns for all household members.
10. What document is needed to establish eligibility due to hardship?
Acceptable documentation of hardship-based eligibility: Narrative explanation and supporting documentation to establish hardship.
11. Where do I apply for HER Program?
• Online – www.hyattsville.org/rescueplan
• Email application – ARPA@Hyattsville.org
• In-person, pick up an application from the City Administration Offices on the 3rd floor at 4310 Gallatin St.
12. When does the program close?
Applications for Hyattsville Household Emergency Relief Program will be accepted until May 31, 2023. No applications will be accepted after that date.
13. How are the funds allocated for the HER Program?
The funds will be available to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis to City of Hyattsville residents that meet the criteria, while funding is available.
14. How much emergency relief funding may be awarded?
Funding will be available for up to $2,500 per individual with an additional $1,250 for each dependent child, not to exceed $5,000 per household.
15. I am undocumented; can I still apply for the HER Program?
Yes, the Hyattsville Household Emergency Relief Program is available to City of Hyattsville residents, regardless of legal status and who are suffering financial hardships due to COVID-19. We do not request or collect any information about immigration status.
16. When can I expect to hear back about my application?
The processing time will depend on the applicant, as we will not process any application until all documentation is received. Generally, processing times can be 6-8 weeks.
17. How will funds be delivered?
If you are awarded, a City of Hyattsville staff member will be in contact about payment. Payments will be made by check, and once awarded, recipients can make an appointment to pick up the payment at the City’s Administrative Offices located at 4310 Gallatin St. on the 3rd floor. Proof of identity is required at time of delivery before program funds can be issued to the recipient.
18. If I applied for a previous grant from the City of Hyattsville, can I still apply?
Yes, this is a new program under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.
19. I need help or have further questions, who can I contact?
Please contact ARPA@hyattsville.org or call 301-985-5000.