Rental, mortgage relief available to qualifying individuals
Money to pay for missed rent or mortgage is available to qualifying county residents who have fallen behind on their house payments because of COVID-19 pandemic-related income loss.
The Humboldt County Eviction Prevention Program is available to income-qualifying households, that have prior rent or mortgage owed since March 2020, on a first come, first served basis.
Administered by the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), each qualifying household can receive up to $5,000 which will be paid directly to the landlord or lender. The program is being funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, which is providing funding to state, local and tribal governments to help ease the financial effects of the pandemic on local jurisdictions, businesses and individuals.
DHHS Director Connie Beck said, “This pandemic has been difficult for everyone and facing eviction because you have experienced a loss or reduction in employment can have devastating effects. We’re pleased to be able to offer this program to help individuals and families stay in their homes as we all navigate these uncharted waters.”
Households within Eureka City limits that meet income requirements for the city’s COVID-19 Assistance Fund will be referred to the city to apply for assistance.
The program will run through Dec. 30, 2020, or until all funding has been distributed. Applications will be accepted starting Monday, Aug. 10. To learn more or apply, visit www.humboldtgov.org/EvictionPreventionProgram.