Apply now: Cuyahoga County providing $6.8 million for residents struggling to make rent due to coronavirus crisis
County officials worked to create a uniform countywide system for emergency rental assistance to prevent residents from losing their homes and facing homelessness
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Applications are being accepted on July 1 for Cuyahoga County residents to receive some of the $6.8 million in aid for those struggling to make rent due to the coronavirus crisis.
When he announced the program back on June 12, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said a survey recently conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau showed over 21% of Ohio residents are currently unable to make their monthly housing payments.
With the local unemployment rate skyrocketing to 23.5% in April, people who aren’t working may face difficulty paying rent, Budish said.
County officials have been working with the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Lakewood, and Parma to create a uniform countywide system for emergency rental assistance to prevent residents from losing their homes and facing homelessness.
Back in June, Budish recommended the council that the county set aside $5 million if their Corona Relief Funds from the federal government and $1.8 million of their Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Rent Relief for this effort.
The $6.8 million will provide up to three months of back rent to income-eligible applicants, according to Budish.
Budish said, “the checks will be made to their landlords, which will not only keep people in their homes but should also stem the economic disaster that will hurt building owners - landlords.”
“We want to keep people in their homes. We’re doing everything we can to get our residents through the coronavirus-economic crisis,” Budish said.
Go to neorenthelp.org or call (833) 377-RENT (7368) to learn more and apply.
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