Greensboro residents obtain cash to assist with rental help
GREENSBORO, N .C. – The City of Greensboro will receive $ 8,949,177.90 from the Federal Emergency Rental Funds.
This money goes to community groups that help families who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
The Greensboro Housing Coalition, the Greensboro City Department and the Salvation Army will receive a portion of the funds.
The money comes from the new $ 25 million bill. City officials hope it will help keep Greensboro families in their homes when their utility bills are paid.
“There are about 800 people waiting to be evacuated. As far as I know, the need really is in the thousands, ”said Stan Wilson, Greensboro City Director of Neighborhood Development.
That’s just an estimate of the number of families that have problems. Now, with the additional nearly $ 9 million in hand, city officials are trying to help.
“COVID19 hit such an economic crisis and has become one. Many people cannot work or work less, ”said Wilson.
Two new programs have been launched in Greensboro to enable families to pay rent, utilities and mortgages
This is the second time the city has offered rental and utility services. The first program started in August 2020.
“In two days we probably had a thousand calls and about 1,300 applicants,” said Wilson.
But the need is still there. Myron Wilkins sees it every day.
Prior to the pandemic, the executive director of the Greensboro City Department had estimated about $ 4,500 a month to help around ten households with their rent payments and utilities.
“We invested $ 95,000 this December,” said Wilkins. “[To help] an estimated 170 households. “
That’s only in a month. The money the organization helped with came from their own pockets.
Wilkins said they won’t turn anyone away as long as they have evidence that they need help.
“There are a lot of people who are hurt,” he added.
With this new grant money, up to 12 months of financial support can be granted per household. The money is spent on a case-by-case basis in three-month increments.
Wilkins is confident that once city officials raise funds in their direction, they can do more.
“We might want to help more people when they come, but we also want to tell people who come to us that we want to go deeper and longer,” he said. “So they don’t fall behind so far that they lose hope.”
City officials will also look to other local organizations to see if they are interested in expanding their programs.
The city council will vote on February 2nd and officially receive the funds.
Once they have a process in place, they will post information on qualifications and applications.
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