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Posted on: August 13, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Emergency Rental Assistance Disbursements Up Sharply; New Application Event Scheduled

Winston-Salem has now obligated 61 percent of the federal money it received to help low-income residents who are behind on their rent or utilities. Officials will hold another walk-in application event Saturday, Aug. 21, to help more residents apply for the program. The application event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Minnie Lee Davis Harris Recreation Center (formerly the 14th Street Recreation Center), 2020 NE 14th St., Winston-Salem. Staff will be available to assist applicants. 

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides assistance with rent and utilities, including electricity, water, sewer/wastewater, natural gas, propane and internet. The program is open to all renters in Forsyth County who have been economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and have a household income 80 percent or less of area median income, which varies by household size and is $55,100 for a family of four.

Applicants should bring:

  • Identification for themselves and any co-applicants. (Photo ID is preferred, such as a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID card or passport. Other forms of ID can also be used, including birth certificates, Medicaid or Medicare card, a signed Social Security card or an ID card issued by employer or religious organization/place of worship.)
  • Proof of income. (Can be pay stubs for the last 30 days, 2020 W-2 form, award letters for SSI, SSDI or child support.)
  • Their lease agreement.
  • An eviction notice, or statement or bill from their landlord or utility company showing what they owe.
  • A letter of termination, or self-written statement of financial hardship.

More information, including a chart of income limits by household size and FAQs, is posted at CityofWS.org/ERAP. The webpage also has a link to apply directly online or by telephone, as well as information about the ERAP application lab open daily at the Forsyth County Department of Social Services. 

City and county officials have been making a concerted effort to ensure eligible residents apply for assistance. As of Aug. 12, the city has disbursed or approved $4.1 million, or 61 percent, of the $6.73 million it received from the federal government to assist low-income residents who fell behind on their rent or utilities payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That is up sharply from the $1.1 million disbursed or approved as of June 30. Forsyth County received a separate ERAP allocation of $3.65 million, of which $829,386, or 23 percent, has been disbursed or approved as of Aug. 12. In comparison, on June 30 only $229,957 had been disbursed or approved. 

 Information about ERAP disbursements for the city and county, including maps showing where the money has been distributed and the demographics of recipients, is posted at CityofWS.org/ERAP. The information is updated weekly.

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