Millions in new funds for rental assistance to help those impacted by COVID-19 started flooding into Ada County.
Starting this week, $24.2 million is now available to help pay rent and utilities of low-income renters who have fallen behind on their payments and could be at risk of eviction. The program, administered by the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority, can be used to pay past-due rent or utilities and future rent and utilities for up to three months.
BCACHA Housing Programs Director Jillian Patterson said she thinks the program will make a big impact for people in need in the county.
“We all know people who have been financially impacted by COVID,” Patterson said. “And not necessarily just people who have lost their jobs or hours, but people who have had to make that choice to reduce their hours or quit their jobs to stay home with their kids who are staying home remotely or people who have had significant medical bills due to COVID.”
Do you qualify?
To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Ada County, be on a rental lease and have been impacted by COVID-19. Applicants must also make less than 80% of the area median income, which translates to $41,900 for a single person or $59,890 for a family of four.
Relief payments will go directly to landlords or the utility companies. Patterson said the program will focus on serving applicants who are behind on rent and utilities first. Applicants are only eligible for up to three months of future rental assistance, but if they are still in need of assistance by the end of 90 days and there are still funds left, they can apply again and possibly receive more help.
These funds came from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which allocated funds to localities over 200,000 people for rental assistance. $12.7 million went to Ada County and $11.5 was distributed to the City of Boise, but both agencies opted to have the housing authority distribute the funds in one central place.
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