Montgomery County is starting a new program today to provide relief for rental expenses because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The county is working with United Way of the Greater Dayton Area to take initial applications. To apply, call the United Way Helplink at 211.
“There is still a strong need in our community for help with rent,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge. “So many people are still struggling because of this pandemic, and they should not need to worry about having a roof over their heads. We’re grateful for this funding, and we will work diligently to make sure it gets to those who need it.”
Montgomery County received $15.8 million from the U.S. Treasury for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. To be eligible, households must meet income guidelines. To determine eligibility, applicants can either use their 2020 household income or current monthly income at the time of application.
To be eligible, one or more individuals in the household must:
- Have qualified for unemployment benefits or attest by writing that they have experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic
- Be at risk of becoming homeless (past due rent, eviction notice, or unsafe or unhealthy living conditions)
- Have a household income below 50 percent of area median income ($37,850 for a household of four)
United Way will be taking basic information, and Montgomery County is working with other partners to process applications for those in need. Catholic Social Services, Goodwill Easter Seals, Homefull, and the Salvation Army will each help individuals through the application process.
For more details, view our COVID-19 information page