By a unanimous vote, the San Angelo city council has agreed to a rental assistance program which will help those hurt by the continuing pandemic. This will utilize using state funds to provide the rental assistance.

Bob Salas, Director of Neighborhood and Family Services for the city of San Angelo stated that “Basically, the grant is being offered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, as part of the second round of CARES Act funding for coronavirus relief programs. While it’s similar to the current program there are some major differences. For example, it’s only for rent assistance, not utility nor mortgage payment assistance.”

Predictions are that the funds will be available for distribution around February 1st, 2021. Some residents who have already received assistance through similar programs may still be eligible for more assistance through the new program as well.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community says that funding for the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program is made possible through the Community Development Grant Program CARES Act which was approved back in March 2020.

The program provides rental assistance to households that qualify by being income-eligible and are impacted by COVID-19. It is designed to help those in need with their rent during the pandemic and can pay up to six months for an eligible household’s rent.

Contact the San Angelo Neighborhood and Family Services staff if you have questions  about this program. Forms can be found on the city webpage or at 52 W. College Ave.

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