CNE provides rental and mortgage assistance

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise received a $1 million grant through the Tennessee Community CARES program to provide rent and mortgage relief to households impacted by COVID-19.

These funds will be used to help households in arrears with rent or mortgage payments due to a loss of income related to COVID-19. This program will serve Bledsoe, Bradley, Marion, Grundy, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie and Hamilton counties.

The Tennessee Department of Social Services, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group created the Tennessee Community CARES program to invest $150 million in coronavirus relief funds to help with ongoing efforts to respond the health and economic needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. .

The funding was approved by the state’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group, a bipartisan group that oversees the distribution of federal and state dollars to local governments. Grants are administered by partner nonprofit organizations. CNE’s partner in administering this fund is United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

Additionally, the CNE will continue to partner with Legal Aid of East Tennessee, local attorneys, and Southern Adventist University to provide free legal assistance to those facing eviction during the COVID-19 crisis and optional case management to respond. to household needs.

To qualify for funding, payments past due on or before March 1, 2020 are eligible and proof of COVID-related loss of income is required. Affected households in need of assistance should do one of the following:

  • Dial 423-756-6271 to leave a voicemail message with a name and phone number where you can be reached.
  • Send an email to [email protected] with your full name and a phone number.
  • Visit our website, www.cneinc.org/covidrelief and follow the on-screen instructions.

Relief resources will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to households that complete the applications and meet the eligibility criteria.

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) is a nonprofit housing organization whose mission is to create economically diverse neighborhoods filled with financially empowered citizens and homes for all.

CNE services include homebuyer education and advice, home improvement loans, affordable mortgage products, foreclosure prevention services, and affordable homes for sale and rent. Since its creation, CNE has invested in more than 14,000 families, individuals and small businesses.

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