To date, the program has helped 10,155 households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

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:

  • Access the client application by visiting www.unitedwayatlanta.org or by clicking here.
  • Visit http://211online.unitedwayatlanta.org/
  • 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.

 

About City of Atlanta

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This story was previously published on SaportaReport.com.

ATLANTA – April 15, 2021 – United Way of Greater Atlanta and the City of Atlanta announced today that they will reopen the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program from April 15 to Dec. 31 with $15.2 million available for rent, utility and security deposit assistance. Due to federal guidelines, the program will no longer provide mortgage assistance. Through the first round of funding for the program, which was supported by CARES dollars, United Way was able to help 6,069 families and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to stay in their homes.

COVID-19 may be diminishing as a health crisis but it continues to be a full-scale economic and social disaster. Many individuals and families across the City of Atlanta are not yet able to get back on their feet.

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. The pandemic has intensified this experience for Atlanta residents, increasing the risk for 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 6,000 households to-date. It is our hope to extend that assistance to an additional 4,000 households in our next round of funding beginning in mid-April.”

Incorporated City of Atlanta residential renters who have experienced a loss of income because of COVID-19 will be able to receive assistance with the payment of their past due rent, utilities and security deposit dating back to March 13, 2020. Per federal guidelines for this new round of funding, there is no cap on the assistance amount. The average payment is expected to be $3,000. Landlords can apply directly for assistance.

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:

  • Access the client application by visiting www.unitedwayatlanta.org or by clicking here.
  • Visit http://211online.unitedwayatlanta.org/
  • 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.
  • To sign up for in-person events for application assistance, click here.