In case you’ve fallen behind in your lease or utilities because the COVID-19 pandemic started, you might be eligible for as much as 12 months of assist.
The Erie County Division of Human Providers is launching an Emergency Rental Help Program on March 29. The $17.7 million program is funded by the federal Coronavirus Assist, Reduction, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act of 2020.
This system will cowl as much as 12 months of lease and/or utilities from March 13, 2020. It can additionally cowl as much as three months of future lease and utility funds so long as there was help to cowl lease and utility payments which are in arrears. Tenants who usually are not behind on their lease are additionally eligible for help with future lease funds.
Landlords can even apply for help on behalf of their tenants.
Safety deposits and a few housing stability companies are additionally lined by the funding.
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You’ll be able to qualify for this system if a number of people in a family:
- Certified for unemployment advantages or skilled a loss in family revenue, incurred important prices or skilled different monetary hardship due straight or not directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Can display a danger of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
- If the family revenue is at or beneath 80% of the realm median revenue.
In Erie County, 80% of the median revenue for various family sizes is as follows: $40,050 (1-person family); $45,800 (2); $51,500 (3); $57,200 (4); $61,800 (5); $66,400 (6); $70,950 (7); and $75,550 (8).
Functions can be obtainable on-line at www.eccm.org starting March 29 or in particular person by appointment at Erie County Care Administration, 1601 Sassafras St.
Candidates should present the next to qualify: picture identification; a duplicate of revenue verification for every particular person 18 years and older within the family; a duplicate of the lease/rental agreements and a letter from the owner that states how a lot is owed in lease and for what months; copies of present month-to-month utility payments that point out how a lot of the invoice is overdue.
Documentation that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a detrimental monetary impression can also be required, corresponding to a letter of notification from an employer of a job loss, termination, furlough or discount in hours inside the relevant interval of March 2020 to current or a duplicate of an software for unemployment advantages.
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“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big monetary impression on so many in our county,” John DiMattio, director of the Erie County Division of Human Providers, stated in a press launch. “This rental help program will assist a substantial variety of households stabilize their housing throughout these difficult occasions.”
Erie County Govt Kathy Dahlkemper lauded the work of county workers and others to make the funding obtainable.
“I’m grateful for the dedication of many to get this much-needed assist out to our residents most in want of housing help in Erie County,” Dahlkemper stated. “That is simply one other instance of the concerted effort of federal, state and native governments working collectively throughout this pandemic.”
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