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Rental/Utility Assistance

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

 

The spread of COVID 19 throughout communities in the United States has been far reaching and rapid.  Along with the spread of the disease, additional impacts in response to the spread have left the most vulnerable of populations in economic jeopardy.  This economic hardship runs parallel with the health crisis our country, state, and communities are facing.

Working class families, Seniors, and communities of color are disproportionately affected by the virus but also bear the brunt of the economic fallout from the pandemic.  New Orleans, LA and Chicago, IL are both epicenters of high percentages of minority deaths due to COVID 19; pre- existing conditions such as diabetes, obesity as well as  increased risk due to exposure  in “gig economy” and service industry are all factors that contribute to the death toll in vulnerable communities. With Governor Ivey’s “Safer at Home” order that is still mildly in effect, the ability for working class families, particularly in the service industry and gig economy were severely hampered.  The need for temporary relief for families who have been furloughed, hours reduced, businesses closed and laid off are critical not only for families who are ill from COVID 19 but those who are suffering from the economic fallout of COVID 19 related market changes.

 

Jefferson County, Alabama seeks to answer the call for help. They have done so by partnering with organizations as Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham to aid in doing so.  The purpose of this program is to:

 

  1. Provide short term assistance and immediate relief for renters and landlords.
  • Qualified applicants may receive up to 15 months of assistance.
  1. Educate families on housing options and Fair Housing practices
  2. Preserve investment for existing homeowners through foreclosure prevention counseling.  
  3. Preserve recipient’s credit by combating eviction.
  4. Prevent homelessness.        

Program recipients MUST provide (All applicable documents):

      • Completed intake package
      • Proof of hardship
      • Unemployment benefits
      • Pay stubs from reduced hours
      • Furlough documentation
      • Lease (First and last pages)
      • W9 from landlord
      • Complete a one hour education workshop via Zoom

 


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