Monday morning, Project BRAVO began offering temporary services to aid those affected financially by COVID-19.
According to Project BRAVO officials, El Pasoans with financial hardships can now apply to receive rental assistance, mortgage assistance, or the limited use debit cards – known as El Paso Community Card – to help with essential needs for families.
The El Paso Community Card is also available for low-income households that qualify. The debit card allows families to purchase necessary items at the grocery store, supermarket or pharmacy.
“Since funds are limited, priority for rental, mortgage and Community Card assistance will be given to households with very low income, at high risk of homelessness, and with vulnerable household members,” Project BRAVO officials said. “In addition to the COVID-19 Relief Services, all new applicants will be screened for eligibility for other Project BRAVO services such as utility assistance, furnace and air conditioning repair, patient assistance, and foreclosure prevention.”
Additionally, Households may qualify for up to $1,600 of utility assistance for the next five months.
Services will be provided through the Emergency Housing Payment Assistance Program (EHPA) and payments will be made directly to landlords and lending institutions.
For rental assistance, eligible households can receive a maximum benefit of $1,000 per month for no more than three (3) months.
Applicants seeking mortgage assistance may receive a maximum benefit of $1,250 per month for no more than three (3) months.
“Clients must provide proof of need such as an eviction letter, a letter from their employer, a termination letter, or positive COVID-19 test results,” officials added. “Households needing rental or mortgage assistance must be willing to work with a housing counselor, develop a household budget, and attend financial literacy workshops.”
Applications are available on Project BRAVO’s website. If access to a computer is unavailable, customers may call (915) 562-4100 and request an application by mail.
Officials add that, in order to facilitate assistance, applicants are asked to provide a working phone number, a backup phone number, and an email, as document sharing may be part of the process.
If they are an existing client of Project BRAVO and their phone number has recently changed, please contact Project BRAVO at (915) 562-4100 to update the contact information.
The programs are funded by the City of El Paso and the County of El Paso, with the support of the Coalition for the Common Good and the El Paso Community Foundation.