DOA receives 2,500 applications for rent and utilities relief program

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Department of Administration director Edward Birn (PNC file photo)

President Joe Biden has declared an extension of the moratorium on evictions for residential renters.

With this extension, tenants are protected from eviction through June. That’s as long as they can prove that their inability to pay rent is due to the pandemic.

To help pay rent, the U.S. Treasury introduced an Emergency Rental Assistance program.

The program provides financial assistance for rent, utilities such as power and water, and trash disposal.

The program is administered locally by the Department of Administration.

DOA director Edward Birn went on air with Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo Tuesday morning to talk about it.

He said DOA received 2,500 applications after its deadline last Friday and so far 300 have already been processed although no checks have been cut yet.

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“The process is kind of lengthy, even for the applicant, because they have to get the information from their landlord in order to move the process along. So there’s quite a lot of documentation involved. This is the program that has the most amount of documentation that needs to be gathered together,” Birn said.

Birn added that he expects fewer people to need the moratorium once the rental relief program goes into full swing.

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