Spartanburg County will soon provide financial aid through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to households that are renting out.
The Emergency Rental Assistance program aims to provide relief to moderate to low-income households that are significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Treasury Department has awarded $9.6 million to Spartanburg County to assist the program.
The said program would make a direct payment to landlords and utility companies on behalf of the renters.
Below are the program eligibility requirements:
- if one or more in the household qualifies for unemployment benefits
- can provide written proof there has been a reduction of household income
- proof that there has been a direct or indirect hardship from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic
The county will work with the Spartanburg Housing Authority, the Upstate Family Resource Center, the United Way of Piedmont and the Middle Tyger Community Center to better reach these households.
To ensure stability, the program could cover up to 12 months of payments and an additional 3 months of payments if necessary.
The details of the program are still being bolstered at present, and legal channels are being finalized. By the week of February 15, the program is expected to be operational.