Coronavirus: Program to help Montgomery County residents struggling to pay mortgage, rent, utilities

Program to help Montgomery County residents struggling to pay mortgage, rent, utilities

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Help is on the way for people in Montgomery County who are having trouble paying their rent, mortgage or utility bills.

Brianna Wooten, who is the Communications Director for Montgomery County, told Newscenter 7′s Katy Andersen the county has received $10 million from the federal government through the CARES Act.

The money will be distributed to people throughout the county who have been impacted by the pandemic and need financial help with their home or utilities.

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“The last thing we need in the middle of a pandemic is to have a housing crisis on top of it, so we are doing what we can to put together a system and support for our local citizens and their families to get the help they need,” Wooten said. “This is use it or lose it money. The federal government has given us this money to be spent by December 31.”

The county is still working on the details and application process but is planning to unveil the program in July. They have not released eligibility requirements.

They’re asking residents who are interested in the program to sign up for email notifications, so they will be notified once funding is available. If you would like to sign up, go to mcohiocares.org and click the ‘housing’ tab.

“It’s really important for people to apply quickly so we can get this money out to the community,” Wooten said.