Chatham County received an $8.7 million grant on January 15, 2021, which will be designated for emergency rental assistance.The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is intended to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with the grant’s guidelines, awarded funds must be used for direct financial assistance including rent, rental arrears, utilities, and utilities in arrears. Funds expire on December 31, 2021.
Qualified recipients will be prioritized for assistance on a weekly basis. The primary applicant should be the signee on the lease agreement and/or utility invoice. All applicants should provide documentation as proof of need. Prioritization of assistance include:
- At risk of eviction
- The income of the household does not exceed 50% of the area median income for the household.
- One or more the individuals within the household are unemployed as of the date of the application for assistance and have not been employed for the 90-day period preceding the application date.
County staff is working with several local organizations to administer the program. Any Chatham County resident in need of rental assistance should contact UWCE or EOA directly beginning Monday February 1, 2021.
UWCE- Dial 211 or (912)-651-7730
EOA- Dial (912)-438-8077 or visit https://eoarentalassistance.itfrontdesk.com/