San Antonio’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program provides rent and mortgage assistance to 37,000 households over the past year, officials say

SAN ANTONIOSan Antonio Emergency Housing Assistance Program helped 37,000 households during the pandemic with rental, mortgage and utility assistance, city officials said, calling the program a success.

The city created the program in April 2020 in response to job losses suffered during the large-scale closures.

“We still see a need for families who are hurting and unable to really catch up on rental and mortgage payments or utility payments,” said Edward Gonzales, deputy director of the Neighborhood and Housing Services department. from the city.

Gonzales said the program received $133.5 million in funding and the city has about $19.5 million remaining to help families.

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To qualify for the program, applicants must demonstrate hardship and earn less than 80% of the region’s median income. Gonzales said that’s about $57,000 a year for a family of four.

“We anticipate receiving additional funds, and we hope to see those funds and present them to the board in early June,” Gonzales said.

San Antonio resident Rene Hill, who says the program has changed his life, had many jobs before the pandemic began. He did plumbing, auto detailing, pressure washing, but the stoppages changed all that.

Hill said he couldn’t find a job and applied to the program for help.

“They helped me pay my rent. They gave me $9,000. Seven thousand to my landlord, $1,000 to my light and the rest went down the drain,” Hiller said.

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