Thousands and thousands of {dollars} awarded to Greensboro for rental assist

The city is still working on program details and the application process.

GREENSBORO, NC – The City of Greensboro received Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funding of $ 8,949,177.90 to eligible households facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City officials applied to the U.S. Treasury Department for financial assistance, which will be used for rent, utilities, and other related housing expenses, and were recently informed that their application was approved.

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The nearly $ 9 million earmarked for the city comes from the new $ 25 billion Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program set up by US Congress when it passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of December Adopted in 2021.

“Given this pandemic and its severity, we are trying to keep as many people in their homes as possible and protect them,” said Stan Wilson, director of neighborhood development.

The city council will vote to approve the funds at its February 2nd session, but this is really just a formality. The city has already been granted the money.

Meanwhile, the neighborhood development department is putting together a qualification application for seasoned community partners who can apply as program administrators to handle requests for assistance and provide funding.

“You can apply through our partner agencies,” said Wilson. “Right now we’re working with organizations like the Greensboro Housing Coalition and the Salvation Army.”

We know many of you now want to hurry to apply. However, a city spokesman said the funds were not in hand and the application process was still being worked out.

“We’re going to be doing a real launch soon to make sure everyone knows who to call and have systems and everything in place.”

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The city will provide details of the program and its application process once they are in place.

Wilson said the city hopes the funds will be rolled out by late February or early March.

“We’re trying to get it out as soon as possible.”

If you can’t wait and need help with rent and supplies now, Wilson said to call the Greensboro Housing Coalition. There are still some funds left through the CARES Act.

Do you have questions? Call the city’s contact center at 336-373-CITY (2489).

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