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Leon County commission votes to create Emergency Rental Assistance Program

$8.9 million of federal funding for relief to low-income households
Posted at 6:31 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 23:13:17-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tuesday Leon County commissioners passed $8.9 million worth of relief to housing assistance.

That help will start going out in March.

More than 2,000 families are expected to benefit from the federal money.

The program servicing low-income families and landlords.

If approved, the money will go to the landlord to be given to the renter.

County Administrator Vincent Long says certain applicants will take priority for assistance.

"Households below 5 percent of area median income must be prioritized for this assistance under this program. That's about $36,000 for a family of four as well as applicants who have applied for unemployment in the past 90-days," said Long.

Commissioners stress this has to happen fast if they are going to keep people off of the street.

"It's going to be an expedited basis because there is clearly an acknowledgment on a county-level basis that people are suffering right now and it's of urgency that they get relief," Commissioner Carolyn Cummings said.

The program will allow people to pay past rent and utility bills.

Commissioners have not said when applications for the program would become available.