Charlotte’s rental and mortgage assistance program is running out of money with 1,800 people waiting for help

The city of Charlotte expects to receive more money for the program from the recent stimulus package, but does not know how much the federal government will provide.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Eight months after the city of Charlotte unveiled an effort to help people pay their rent and mortgages, the federally funded program has run out of money, leaving nearly 2,000 people waiting for help.

The Rental and Mortgage Assistance Scheme, better known as RAMP CLT, helped nearly 6,000 people before closing the application process last week and the scheme will not reopen until February.

Before the program closed, 1,834 rental applications and 563 utility applications were still being reviewed, according to the City of Charlotte. These people will have to wait for the next round of funding “based on the amount the city will receive from the federal government”.

Additional rental aid is on the way thanks to the latest stimulus package, but the amount remains unclear.

“The city has not yet determined how much we will receive and is awaiting guidance from the Treasury Department,” Charlotte media relations manager Cory Burkarth said. “The program guidelines outline a few specific uses for the fund, but the vast majority of funding is to be used for emergency rental assistance. Once we receive funding, we will work with our partner, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership , to distribute quickly to residents and families in need.”

Once the city receives its share of the federal money, according to federal guidelines, Charlotte plans to prioritize people who have been unemployed for 90 days or more and have a median income of 50% or less, which which equates to just under $42,000 for a family. of four.

As of Dec. 30, the city reports the program has awarded $13.6 million to 5,971 eligible households.

According to the RAMP CLT website, the program does not expect to accept new applications until February 8. For now, the moratorium on evictions should be lifted after January 31.

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