Increasing Housing Security • Preventing Evictions • Providing Relief
Eviction Prevention COVID-19 Relief Fund will being accepting grant applications as of Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Applicants must live within Louisville/Jefferson County.
Purpose of the Fund
Eviction Prevention COVID-19 Relief Fund is designed to prevent the anticipated wave of new eviction cases and aid low-to-moderate income households that are delinquent on rent payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Evictions in federally subsidized properties are frozen until Aug. 31.
Grant Program Funding
The City will designate up to $21.2 million in federal CARES funding for the Eviction Prevention COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Amount of Grants
Fund will pay for up to three months of rent for households facing COVID-related delinquencies.
Households earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income ($45,840 annually for a family of four) are eligible to receive rental assistance.
Landlords may also apply on behalf their tenants, and funding will be prioritized for affordable housing units (households at or below 60% of area median income) or properties with more than 50% of their units in the Housing Choice Vouchers Program.
To be eligible, the landlord must:
- Be currently registered on the Rental Registry.
- Have no outstanding code violations for the property for which rent is being paid.
- Waive all late fees, fines, and penalties.
- Forgo evictions for assisted tenants for 60 days after assistance is provided.
- Provide pre-COVID-19 rent rolls to document delinquency rates before and after the pandemic.
The funds may only be used to pay rent, and all payments will made directly to the landlord.
More details about the application process will be available soon.
Rental assistance would be provided through both a tenant-based application and a new process where landlords of federal, state or locally subsidized could apply directly on behalf of their tenants, streamlining the application process by eliminating the need for income verification and allowing the landlord to seek funding for multiple tenants at one time.