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Changes have been made to Rent Relief Program to expedite process to help tenants avoid evictions...

 

Changes have recently been made to the Arkansas Rent Relief Program to expedite the distribution of assistance to tenants who are at risk of eviction or who have filed an application that is still pending.  Arkansas set aside $173 million in federal funds for this program for people who have lost employment or are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Funds may now be paid directly to eligible tenant applicants if a landlord has not submitted the required information.  The program previously submitted payments only to the landlord if both the tenant and the landlord submitted all required information.

Funding is available to those who meet the following criteria:  (1) Someone in the household qualifies for unemployment benefits, or (2) Household income decreased during the Pandemic, or (3) Someone in the household suffered significant financial hardship due to the Pandemic, or (4) Meet income eligibility based on the residing county and number of people in the household.

These funds may cover past due rent, future rent, and certain utilities.  Payment assistance may be used for up to 15 months of rent and utilities from the period of April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.

Those who are unsure if they qualify are encouraged to apply.

Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Human Services or by accessing the following website - https://human services.arkansas.gov/covid-19/dhs and clicking on Rental Assistance Arkansas Department of Human Services.