As businesses across our community comply with the two-week shut down of non-essential businesses, more El Pasoans may now qualify for more rental assistance.
“The historic surge in cases and the closure of non-essential businesses is expected to take a especially heavy toll on hourly workers who may be struggling to make rent payments as it is,” said Tracy Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation. “If you’re having trouble paying rent because of COVID-19 and you live within the City of El Paso, help is available right now from EP Rent Help for rent payments which you may have missed between April and November.”
In coordination with the City of El Paso, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation recently 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 adverse impact 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.”
For more information, visit EPRentHelp.org, today to qualify before funds run out.