WELD COUNTY RECEIVES $9.8 MILLION IN EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTS STRUGGLING TO PAY RENT AND UTILITIES WELD COUNTY, CO
Weld County Government has received $9,765,398 to assist eligible county residents who are struggling to pay their rent and utilities in the wake of COVID-19.
“We’re excited to announce we received four times the amount of funding we were expecting when we submitted our application,” said Don Warden, Weld County Director of Finance and Administration. “This should go a long way in helping Weld County residents with delinquent rent and utility bills.”
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to states, U.S. Territories, local governments and Indian tribes. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.
In Weld County, the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance program will be administered through the Department of Human Services (DHS) to eligible households who apply for assistance. An eligible household is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
• Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
• Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
• Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median
Priority will be given to eligible households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median, and to eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance.
To learn more or to apply, please visit: https://www.weldgov.com/departments/human_services/emergency_rental_and_utility_assistance___e_r_a_.