Guilford County is offering $ 10 million to the Metropolis of Greensboro for emergency leases and utility help because the variety of requests will increase
GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – The Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to transfer $ 10 million to the Greensboro City Emergency Rent Program.
Elizabeth Alverson, homeless prevention program coordinator, said Friday that with no additional funding, the city is expected to run out of funds for ERAP within two weeks.
She said the end of the eviction moratorium in the summer created even greater hardship in the community.
“We’ve had a steady flow of applications already, but we’ve seen a huge increase in volume from it, so we know the demand is still good,” said Alverson.
The City of Greensboro has supported more than 2,600 households through ERAP. There are 2,300 applications that need to be reviewed with a limited number of staff in order to handle the backlog.
“We’re really trying to make sure we’re targeting households that have an eviction pending or have eviction papers or have such notice so we can push them further,” Alverson said.
Employees will prioritize these cases first. According to the Greensboro Housing Coalition, an average of 200 people are threatened with eviction procedures each week in the area.
“In addition, we try to prioritize the people so that our program requirements are 80% or less of the median income in the region who can qualify. We are trying to target those with median earnings of 50% and below, and those who have received unemployment benefits in the last 90 days are also trying to prioritize those claims, ”Alverson said.
She said the goal is to prevent homelessness from rising, but more funds may be needed if evictions continue to increase.
“We are continuing to monitor closely to make sure we do it quickly and accurately, so of course the concern is there, but we have to go on day-to-day,” she said.
The processing time for the application is two to three weeks if all necessary documents are included. It can take four to six weeks if something is missing.
Alverson urges people to provide up-to-date contact information so that things can move forward quickly.
You can find the online application on the city’s COVID-19 housing allowance page.
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