More El Pasoans can now qualify for more money in rental assistance, but only while funding is available, thanks to decisions made by the City of El Paso and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.
“We recognize that new, tighter restrictions on businesses mean more people could be out of work and have trouble paying their rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tracy Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.
“If you are a tenant who has been impacted by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, we encourage you to apply for this assistance immediately to help secure your and your family’s future; if you are a landlord, we encourage you to participate to help minimize the losses your business could incur as the pandemic continues.”
In coordination with the City of El Paso, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation has removed all income limits on those applying for rental assistance from the EP Rent Help Program.
Additionally, those who qualify can now receive an unlimited amount of rent assistance.
However, tenants must still demonstrate they are unable to pay their rent because of financial hardships brought on by COVID-19. This program is only open to those living within the City of El Paso.
While a federal moratorium on evictions is currently in place, that could be lulling some people into a false sense of security.
“Just because you may not be eligible for eviction now, it’s possible you could still be evicted when those protections expire at the end of the year if you still owe your landlord back rent payments,” Yellen said. “We encourage anyone who is eligible to apply for this rental assistance to avoid eviction in 2021.”
The EP Rent Help Program is funded by federal CARES Act dollars which were allocated to the City of El Paso and which are being administered by the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.
For more information, visit EPRentHelp.org, to qualify before funds run out.