DFS is initiating the planning phase for Emergency Rental Assistance Program
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Department of Family Services collaborated with other state agencies and partners, including the Department of Workforce Services, to initiate the planning phase for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Gov. Gordon signed an Executive Order on February 8, 2021 to kick-start the program. The program is intended to help Wyoming residents with rental assistance, keep safe-housing standards and avoiding evictions due to unpaid or past due utility bills.
“We know the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit some Wyoming residents and small businesses particularly hard. We value keeping families safely in their homes and are excited for the opportunity to administer this program which will provide needed financial support to tenants and landlords,” said DFS Director, Korin Schmidt.
Renter applicants may be eligible for rental payments and current and past due bills for a total of 15 months maximum. The bills must be for services between March 13, 2020 and March 31, 2022 to qualify.
Internet, telephone and cable television are not included under current federal guidance. Due to federal law, only renters can apply for the program and homeowners or commercial property owners will be excluded.
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