Butler County Communities Receive $1.6 Million for Rent and Mortgage Assistance During Coronavirus Pandemic

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The time frame is also much more liberal. The county must use 80% of the money within three years of accepting the grant and the remainder within six years.

When the Centers for Disease Control’s eviction ban is lifted in January, housing assistance could be crucial, he said.

“We expect huge local needs to continue next year as the recovery from the COVID-19 virus,” Maaytah said. “With the CDC eviction moratorium expiring at the end of the year, tenants will still be responsible for that rent. We will therefore monitor these issues closely so as not to increase the number of homeless people in the county. »

Commissioners have already reallocated CDBG money from last year for housing assistance. They donated $75,000 to the Butler County Housing and Homeless Coalition to rehouse homeless people and get them away from shelters.

The Coalition’s Mindy Muller said it has spent $44,000 and helped 74 households so far.

“We are currently using the county allowance primarily to pay security deposits and first month’s rent, as well as place people in temporary housing until they can move into permanent housing,” a- she declared. “It worked wonderfully.”

Hamilton will receive $342,322 in this latest funding allocation. Chief Financial Officer Dave Jones said he had allocated $405,817 to help their residents pay rent and utilities, using local non-profit Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) and supports to encourage low-income families (SELF) as channels. He said the new money will be spent the same way.

SELF executive director Jeffrey Diver said each of the nonprofits received $125,000 and his agency was helping utilities and the NHS with rent and mortgage assistance.

The agencies just launched the schemes last week, SELF received six requests for assistance and the NHS a dozen.

He said this program is important because “the tsunami we were told to expect is here.” There was a week during this crisis in which they received 500 calls for assistance for many things, not just rent and utilities.

“This is tremendous support for families struggling due to the effects of the pandemic,” Diver said. “It’s really going to mean, at least in the city of Hamilton, that you have people who can stay home with their utilities connected during this difficult time.”

He said they received a block grant of $103,000 for community services from CARES earlier in the pandemic and helped 58 families, the rent cap was $800. There is no cap on utility assistance.

Lorie DiStaola, executive director of Neighborhood Housing, said rent and mortgage assistance is capped at $1,800, the resident must have proof they are in arrears and the inability to pay has been caused by the pandemic. She estimated that they could serve about 62 families with the money they already had, and the payments went directly to the landlord or the mortgage company.

The town of Middletown will receive $271,165 and Susan Cohen, director of administrative services, said she is still determining how best to use the money.

“Our priorities remain how to best support unemployed citizens and those facing homelessness during this time,” Cohen said. “Hopefully we’ll have a better response on allocations this week or next, but right now we’re figuring out how best to use the funds to address those concerns.”


HOW TO GET HELP

Hamilton residents who need help can call Neighborhood Housing Services at 513-737-9301 and SELF at 513-868-9300.