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County residents can apply for rent assistance

For those who lost income due to COVID-19

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Housing Coalition is accepting applications for the PHFA CARES Rent Relief Program.

Maximum assistance is $750/month for 6 months; deadline to apply is Sept. 30

Renters who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic can now get CARES financial assistance to help with the payment of past-due rent.

Applications and helpful information are available from Clinton County Housing Coalition, Inc. on its webpage at https://www.cchousingcoalition,org or from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at https://www.phfa.org/pacares/rent.aspx.

PHFA is coordinating the program statewide and Clinton County Housing Coalition, Inc. is processing applications for residents in Clinton County.

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania, and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic.

In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million of these CARES dollars to PHFA to aid with struggling renters and homeowners. PHFA is working with organizations in all 67 counties, which are processing renters’ applications and distributing the assistance locally. The state funding provided for rent assistance is at least $150 million; $25 million was set aside for mortgage assistance.

Renters who qualify the CARES Rent Relief Program may receive assistance equal to 100% of their monthly rent up to $750 a month for a maximum of six months of assistance for the time between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. Payments will be made to their landlord on their behalf. Renters or landlords can apply for rent relief for apartment tenants, but renters are responsible for submitting all the documents needed to ensure their eligibility.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 30, although it is possible that deadline may be extended.

Contact the Clinton County Housing Coalition, Inc. for the most current information by calling 570-502-1534 or sending email to ccha@clintoncountyhousing.com.

A few helpful tips regarding the application process:

–When possible, include the lease with the application.

–Please list out all months of rent being requested (past due and future months if you expect to need continued assistance).

–Landlords must not forget to fill out the Landlord-Property Certification (separate from the landlord application, but found on the PHFA website with the other forms).

–Landlords must complete a W-9 to submit with the application.

–Paper applications can be mailed to 330 E. Main St., Lock Haven, PA 17745, or they can also be dropped off in the REAR white mailbox at the back entrance of the building.

Our staff is continuing to practice social distancing and taking precautions in their work, therefore, they will not be meeting with anyone face-to-face for these applications. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at (570) 502-1534 to speak with a case manager. If you are experiencing a housing crisis, please contact 2-1-1 for additional housing resources and referrals.

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