Mayor urges those in need to apply for more than $21 million in federal eviction prevention assistance

August 7, 2020

Residents seeking guidance referred to StopMyEviction.org, a one-stop website for eviction prevention resources and services

Mayor Greg Fischer today urged Louisvillians who need help paying rent due to the impact of COVID-19 to apply for assistance through Louisville Metro Government efforts being funded by $21.2 million from the federal CARES Act.  

The Eviction Prevention COVID-19 Relief Fund launched in July is designed to aid low-to-moderate income households that are delinquent on rent payments as a result of the pandemic. The program will cover up to three months of rent for households facing COVID-related delinquencies.

"Families and individuals who were already rent burdened, or living paycheck-to-paycheck, are particularly vulnerable to the sudden loss in income that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Mayor said. “This eviction prevention assistance will provide much needed relief to help those who need it most to keep a roof over their heads.”

The city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services is administering this assistance for eligible households earning at or below 80 percent of the area median income ($61,100 annually for a family of four). Appointments are required in advance to apply utilizing an automated appointment system described below. 

Eviction Prevention Assistance for households

How to apply:

Jefferson County residents who meet the below eligibility requirements can call an automated scheduler at 502-977-6636 or visit online at EvictionPRevention.itfrontdesk.com.

 

Eligibility:

  • Jefferson County residency
  • Must have a pending court eviction, or a past due notice from landlord
  • Household income up to 80% AMI (Area Median Income) within the previous 30 days (see more details here.
  • The assistance is necessary to avoid eviction
  • Reasonable prospect that the household will be able to resume payments within a reasonable period of time
  • Households facing COVID-related delinquencies 

The Mayor also noted that landlords of federal, state or locally subsidized multi-family or single family units (i.e., LIHTC, CDBG, HOME Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Louisville CARES or to tenants that receive Section 8) may also apply on behalf of multiple tenants, which streamlines the application process by eliminating the need for income verification. This portion of the program is administered by Louisville Metro Office of Housing, part of Develop Louisville.

How to apply:

Landlords in Jefferson County meeting eligibility may apply for assistance on behalf of their tenants by visiting https://louisvilleky.gov/government/develop-louisville/eviction-prevention 

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. 

Also today, the Mayor extended thanks to members of the Louisville’s Eviction Prevention Task Force, a collaboration of stakeholders representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors working to reduce Louisville’s eviction rate. The Task force recently launched a website called StopMyEviction.org that has a multitude of eviction prevention resources and services in one location.

Visit www.stopmyeviction.org for the following information and services, including:

  • Rental assistance and resources for tenants who are behind on their rent
  • Help coordinating assistance when facing an eviction
  • Support from a Task Force coordinator who will review requests on an online form and respond within 48 hours

The Legal Aid Society, part of the Eviction Prevention Task Force, provides legal assistance to tenants facing eviction in order to prevent homelessness. Legal Aid lawyers represent tenants in court to help avoid an eviction and maintain stability. To apply for Legal Aid’s assistance visit www.yourlegalaid.org or call (502) 584-1254.

For more information about rental assistance, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/develop-louisville/eviction-prevention, visit www.stopmyeviction.org, or call Metro United Way’s help referral service at 211.

 

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