- Georgia: Deadline to request assistance with paying your rent at DeKalb
- This financial aid program aims to prevent evictions caused by COVID-19
- The deadline for applying for aid closes today at five in the afternoon
The deadline for requesting assistance to pay your rent in DeKalb County ends this Monday, as reported AJC.
DeKalb County will close applications help for its new rental assistance program, citing an “overwhelming response” from local tenants and landlords.
On Friday, authorities said more than 7,000 people had applied for the Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition (TLAC) program in the week since applications were opened.
The $ 21 million program, made possible through a federal grant, aims to prevent evictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This has been a great illustration of the need caused by the ongoing pandemic,” DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond said in a news release.
He also said that both tenants and owners “are suffering due to the economic and financial effects of COVID-19.”
Tenants and landlords can apply for the TLAC program, which brings together court officials, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Atlanta Legal Aid, Goodwill of North Georgia, and mediators from the Dispute Resolution Center to try to keep residents who are in debt. back rent or off-street utilities.
Once approved for the program, participants will be contacted by a Legal Aid mediator or representative. If an agreement is reached on what is owed and the best way forward, the relevant documents are filed with the trial court.
Then a judge would issue an order ordering Goodwill of North Georgia, which is acting as administrator of the grant, to send the payment to the tenant or directly to the landlord.