Rental program to aid low-income tenants

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Applications are open now for a Yolo County rental-assistance program geared toward low-income tenants throughout the county.

The program will provide a one-time grant of up to $4,000 for Davis households and up to $3,000 for households elsewhere in the county to help cover rent, security deposits, and utilities.

Payments are made directly to landlords on behalf of low-income tenants who have been unable to pay full rent because of COVID-19-related hardships, including loss or reduction in income, increased medical or childcare costs or loss of childcare.

In order to qualify, tenant households must be income eligible, defined as having up to 60 percent of the area median income or up to 80 percent of the area medicine income with a rent burden of 30 percent or higher.

For a two-person household, 60 percent of the area median income would be $44,400 and for a four-person household, $55,500.

More information about the program, income limits and the online application itself are available at www.ych.ca.gov/COVID-19/2020.php

Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of a complete application.

Back rent or overdue utility costs due on or after July 1 are eligible for assistance as well.

Funds will be disbursed directly to the landlord and utility provider on behalf of the tenant and there are no requirements for repayment of grants from this program.

The program is intended to bridge the gap between what the tenant can afford and the tenant’s actual rent. The required tenant’s share of rent is 10 percent of adjusted gross monthly income. The share of monthly rental assistance will be the difference between actual rent and the tenant payment.

Grant awards will be made based on funding availability and eligibility ad Yolo County Housing will be administering both programs.

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