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5 Million to go towards COVID 19 rental relief program

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 11:39 AM EDT
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"The last thing Maine people need to worry about in the middle of a pandemic is losing their home."

And now the program put in place to ensure that doesn't happen is expanding.

“I’m dedicating another 5 million dollars in federal coronavirus relief funds to the COVID 19 rental relief program in order to expand this rental assistance for Maine people in several ways. With those funds starting next Monday, August 3rd Maine Housing will double it’s rental assistance payment available from 500 a month to a 1000 dollars a month.”

Eligible households will receive up to a 1000 dollars in rental assistance for up to 3 months.

(Mills) "In accepting that payment the landlord will agree not to evict the tenant for nonpayment for the month the payment was issued."

Jason Parent, ACAP’s executive director says, “I think it’s just important that we understand that a lot of folks are very challenged by this period of time. This program is, and we want to remind folks, it is for folks who have been impacted economically by COVID-19. So, if your situation hasn’t changed since COVID-19 and you haven’t had a loss of income in your household, this is not the program for you.”

The program initially began in April. As of July 16th 6750 applications have been approved; that totals more than 3.3 million dollars from the program.

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