Jefferson County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
In June 2021, NHSB was asked to join the Jefferson County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) as a community partner to help disburse $1,830,000.00 in much-needed funds to support community members impacted by the pandemic. 100% of these funds were expended by September 30, 2021. NHSB assisted in distribution of $1,137,311 in rental assistance funds to 241 under-resourced Birmingham community households impacting 964 people.
A brief impact story from Kelleigh Gamble, CEO:
One day, I was on the phone with NHSB's accountant, trying to understand the complex reporting requirements of ERAP, when an elderly woman tapped on the glass outside my office. I waved her in. She waited patiently while I concluded the call. I remember motioning to a pot of coffee near my desk and she smiled and eagerly poured herself a cup. When I completed the call, I asked her what I could do for her. She replied, “Are you all the ones helping people with rent? My rent is way overdue and I need help.” I replied, “Ma’am you are in the right place. Please, take a seat.” I explained the ERAP process and completed the paperwork with her, and eventually she received assistance with back rent and utilities. Stories like this played out weekly in our offices during the pandemic and NHSB staff was so happy to feel like they were helping to make a difference in the lives of our Birmingham residents by making sure they received the help they needed.