A total of $552,302,715.60 has been allocated to the State of Georgia. Below is a breakdown of the Allocation in each state from the U.S. Department of Treasury Rental Assistance Program.
City of Atlanta Rental Assistance – Program currently closed
To help combat the expected wave of displacement, city officials are allocating $22 million to “expenditures related to consumer grant program to prevent eviction and assist in preventing homelessness."
Eligibility i. 60% AMI or less, COVID Hardship, Proof of Residency (General), Current Lease, Timely Rent Payment Pre-COVID, Ability to Pay Moving Forward/Payment Plan, Not receiving other COVID-related housing assistance
Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program – Program currently closed
This is the second phase of the city of Atlanta's rental assistance program, administered by the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
60% AMI or less, COVID Hardship, Proof of Residency (General), Current Lease, Timely Rent Payment Pre-COVID, Ability to Pay Moving Forward/Payment Plan, Not receiving other COVID-related housing assistance
Cobb County – Homesavers for Renters – Accepting Applications
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners has approved $1.8 million in emergency funding to provide rent relief grants for Cobb County renters affected by COVID-19.
i. Applicant must have experienced a COVID-19 related involuntary financial hardship, resulting in involuntary reduction in income of 20% of more due to a change in employment, medical hardship; or received unemployment benefits after March 1, 2020 due to COVID-19
ii. Applicant must be residing in a rental property located in Cobb County, on or after March 1st
iii. Cash on hand or in banks from applicant(s) cannot exceed 3X’s the monthly rent (retirement/401K accounts are excluded)
iv. Applicant’s gross income may not exceed the following: for single applicants – $69,439; for joint applicants – $94,672
v. Applicant must provide documentation to support all of the above, to include but not limited to the following: signed copy of lease, proof of hardship due to COVID-19, proof of unemployment and/or proof of financial impact from COVID-19, proof of income, and 2 months of most recent bank statements. All documentation will not be required at the time the initial application is submitted, but will be required BEFORE the application is approved.
How to Apply – Click Here to Apply
i. Fill out the grant application in-take form.
ii. Upon successfully filling out your application form and clicking the submit button, you will receive a reply to the email used on the application to acknowledge receipt. In that email reply you will also receive a complete list of documentation needed to complete your application, along with instructions and options on how to deliver documents.
iii. Submit your supporting documents within 48 hours.
You will have the option to submit the remainder of your documents via fax, email, or the secured portal provided to you on the instructions that you will receive. The additional documentation required to fully complete your application is outlined below;
Documents that will be needed to complete your application:
i. Signed copy of lease (with signature pages) and any lease modifications if applicable
ii. Proof of reduction in income (pay stubs, copy of unemployment benefits)
iii. Copy of most recent utility bill with renter’s name and matching property address
iv. Copy of two most recent bank statements (all pages) for all tenants listed on the lease
v. Copy of W-2’s and 1099’s (for all renters listed on the lease)
vi. Copy of rent ledger or proof of rental history
Once the application and all documents have been submitted, HomeFree-USA will review your application to ensure eligibility. Based on review, HomeFree-USA will determine which applicants are eligible to receive grants and the amount. An advisor will contact you within 7-days of applying to inform you of your status and to discuss next-steps (if applicable).
Atlanta – Star-C – Accepting Applications
How to Apply
i. Landlord Section
Landlord must apply to participate in the program. The property must provide rents that are affordable for tenants earning up to 80% of area median income and be near an elementary school in the bottom 1/3 of schools as ranked by schooldigger.com. The landlord must sign the tenant’s rent-relief application and provide a tenant ledger. The landlord will waive late fees and 10% of the outstanding rent balance.
ii. Tenant Section
The tenant completes the application in its entirety and submits to the landlord for processing with evidence of financial hardship. If approved, the landlord sends to Star-C, along with a tenant ledger. iii. How it Works:
Tenant will pay 20% of outstanding rent
Landlord will waive 10% of outstanding rent plus penalties
Star-C will pay up to 70%
For example, if the tenant owes $1,200 plus $120 in late fees, the landlord can nominate them for a $960 rent-matching scholarship, or 80% of $1,200. Star-C will pay 70% or $840, and the tenant will pay $240. The landlord will waive an additional 10% or $120, plus late fees ($120). Percentages may vary by county and are subject to change.
The Landlord must apply and be approved to participate in the program.
Tenants will submit their application to their landlord for review and certification.
The landlord will submit certified tenants to Star-C for processing.Star-C will not accept applications directly from tenants
Are you having trouble because of loss of income due to COVID-19? Help is here. If you are a City of Atlanta resident, you may be eligible to receive assistance for past due rent, mortgage payments or utility bills up to$5,000 through the Atlanta COVID-19Emergency Housing Assistance Program.
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