United Way and the City of Atlanta Announce the fourth round of the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program
To date, the program has helped 10,155 households affected by
the COVID-19 pandemic
By Chad Parker, VP of Multimedia Content at United Way of Greater Atlanta
United Way of Greater Atlanta and the City of Atlanta has reopened the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program with $20.2 million in reallocated ERAP 1 funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury available for rent, gas utilities, electric utilities, apartment security fees, security deposit, trash removal, and internet services. Due to federal guidelines, the program will no longer provide mortgage assistance. Since 2020, the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program has been able to help 10,155 families and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to stay in their homes.
Housing instability has been a problem for low-income residents in the City of Atlanta long before the COVID-19 pandemic reached the City of Atlanta. Income and job loss exacerbated by inflation and increased housing costs are contributing to the increased risk of foreclosure, eviction, and homelessness.
“Housing and economic stability are foundational to child well-being”, says Milton J. Little, Jr. President and CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta. “Without this, children and families have little chance of moving out of poverty. We are proud to have helped over 10,155 households to-date. We are also proud to say that in each round of funding, our organization and our partners have been able to spend the full amount of funding to assist City of Atlanta residents.”
Incorporated City of Atlanta residential renters who have experienced a loss of income either directly or indirectly because of COVID-19 will be able to receive assistance through the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program. Funds can be applied to current/past due (arrears) expenses up to 15 months or prospective (future months) expenses up to three (3) months for rent, gas utilities, electric utilities, apartment security fees, security deposit, trash removal, and internet services. However, the total months of assistance cannot exceed 15 months. To receive payment for internet fees, applicants must prove that at the time of the expense they have/had a school-age child mandated to participate in remote learning, or they were mandated to work from home as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Individuals and families impacted and in need of support will have multiple access points to apply for assistance in both English and Spanish. To apply for assistance and view eligibility requirements and FAQs, options include:
-Call 2-1-1 to speak with a live 2-1-1 Community Connection Specialist Hours are limited from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Due to high call volumes, the above listed options are preferred.
For more information, visit www.unitedwayatlanta.org.
About United Way of Greater Atlanta
United Way of Greater Atlanta, the largest United Way chapter in the nation, focuses on ensuring that every child in Greater Atlanta has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. The organization invests in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Child Well-Being Impact Fund and works to help children succeed in school, improve financial stability of families, provide affordable and accessible healthcare and end homelessness. For more information, visit www.unitedwayatlanta.org.
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