St. Louis County Government: St. Louis County To Receive A Second Round Of Emergency Rental Assistance Funds Doubling The Amount Availab …
May 20, 2021
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (May 20, 2021) District manager Dr. Sam Page signed a bill this week that would allow St. Louis County to receive a $ 29.8 million federal grant for rental and utility services to provide vital relief to residents during this pandemic.
It is the second federal scholarship that St. Louis County has received this year to help families stay in their homes.
“Our priorities continue to be health and safety, opportunity for all and good governance,” said County Executive Page. “We have already allocated more than $ 173 million to offset the financial and social burdens of COVID 19 in St. Louis County. These additional funds will help stabilize families who are struggling to stay.”
On January 5, the U.S. Treasury Department launched the $ 25 billion emergency relief program to help households unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The funds are made available directly to states and municipalities with more than 200,000 inhabitants. St. Louis County received $ 29.7 million.
A second round of funding was recently made available under the American Rescue Plan Act by President Biden, and St. Louis County is poised to raise an additional $ 29.8 million. The county council agreed to accept the funds Tuesday evening.
To apply for the Emergency Rental Program, households must meet the following criteria:
- One or more household members are entitled to unemployment or have experienced a decrease in household income, significant costs, or financial difficulties due to COVID 19.
- At least one household member is at risk of homelessness or residential instability.
- The household income is at or below 80 percent of the median area.
St. Louis County began shipping ERAP funds to residents and landlords this week, originally 29.7 million.
The emergency rental grants build on the $ 6.5 million for food security programs, $ 7 million for housing stabilization, $ 24.5 million for small business grants, and $ 9.5 million Dollars for humanitarian aid under the St. Louis County CARES Act.
For more information on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, visit stlcorona.com.
This news release was prepared by the St. Louis County government. The views expressed here are the author’s own.