With new restrictions in place on restaurants and other businesses, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation reminds those facing financial hardship because of COVID-19, they may qualify for up to $3,000 in rental assistance from PDNCF’s EP Rent Help Program.
“The reduction in capacity at non-essential businesses including restaurants and the continued closure of bars 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 October.”
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.”
A fund of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, Under One Roof is a charitable organization of the El Paso Apartment Association established to provide financial and other support to residents of El Paso County who have been harmed by disasters such as fire, flood or pandemic, and support the professional development of owners, managers and staff of rental properties.
Recently, the City of El Paso selected a collaborative proposal from the PDN Community Foundation and Under One Roof to administer funding for rental assistance to serve thousands of El Pasoans who are facing the prospect of losing their homes due to the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.
For more information, visit EPRentHelp.org, today to qualify before funds run out.