Even though federal eviction prohibitions are currently in place, officials with the EP Rent Help program share that by participating now could help renters avoid eviction when those protections expire in 2021.
“While federal eviction protections were recently announced, they only run through the end of the year, meaning you could be evicted in January if you still owe your landlord,” said Tracy Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.
“If you owe your landlord because you had difficulty paying rent due to economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge you to take advantage of this program now.”
Because the federal moratorium does not cancel past due rent, tenants who aren’t current could still be subject to eviction at a later date.
Officials add that participation in the EP Rent Help Program does not protect tenants against eviction for other lease violations.
Important Facts about the EP Rent Help Program
- Tenants can now apply for a total maximum of $3,000 for past rent dating back to April; previously, they could only get three months of assistance.
- We won’t ask questions about immigration status; that information won’t be used in making decisions about eligibility in the program.
- Even though you can’t be evicted right now, this program could help you pay money to your landlord, which you’ll owe when those protections expire at the end of the year.
The EP Rent Help Program has already committed more than $2 million in rental assistance helping keep tenants in their homes across the City of El Paso.
For more information, visit EPRentHelp.org.