Town of Shawnee gets COVID-19 rent and mortgage relief grant to help residents

The City of Shawnee received a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for mortgage and rental assistance. These funds will help citizens who are in arrears with rent or mortgage payments as a direct result of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For eligible households, mortgage/rent assistance may be provided to a mortgage company on behalf of a landlord, or to a landlord on behalf of a tenant, for up to six months, provided that they are behind on rent or mortgage payments due to COVID -19. Aid can cover overdue payments to keep recipients up to date. Expenses must have accrued on or after January 21, 2020. If deemed eligible, payments will be made directly to owners or lenders. The maximum amount of assistance per month must at least meet reasonable rent standards (24 CFR 888 and 24 CFR 982.503). All information provided by applicants below will undergo a rigorous verification process by Town of Shawnee staff prior to any payment.

To be eligible, a person or family must meet the following criteria:

For mortgage assistance, the residence must be owner-occupied.

Rent should not be more than fair market value.

The delinquency must be due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tenant or landlord must respect low to moderate income limits.

To apply for this program, please visit https://www.shawneeok.org/government/departments/planning/cdbg-cv_mortgage_rental_assistance.php. You can contact Jill Nichols at the city CDBG office for more information. (405) 273-1276 or [email protected]