A new joint rental assistance program between Toledo and Lucas County will help tenants affected by COVID-19, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Lucas County’s agents Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Pete Gerken and Gary L. Byers.
“Almost exactly a year ago, the city set up the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to provide stable housing to 700 eligible households in Toledo affected by COVID-19,” said Mayor Kapszukiewicz. “By partnering with Lucas County, we are now launching a second round of Income Renter Assistance with a nationwide program to help residents of Toledo and across Lucas County. COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented job losses and declines in income, and I am thrilled that the city and county have come together to re-address the housing challenge with this new federally funded program. “
“This is a good example of how government courts are coming together to create a collaborative, coordinated framework to resolve community-wide problems and make changes that will improve the lives of Lucas County’s most vulnerable populations,” said Commissioner Wozniak. “Through the partnership of the city-district rental assistance program, we have combined federal funds to create an efficient and effective process that eliminates duplication and enables more people to receive assistance. When we work as a unit, we will have a greater impact on the community to meet a critical need. “
“Lucas County is committed to helping tenants who need it most have a safe roof over their heads and helping landlords who have worked with their tenants keep them evacuated,” said Commissioner Gerken. “The Toledo-Lucas County’s Rental Assistance Program is designed to be the stopgap solution for people on the verge of homelessness. For hundreds of Lucas County residents, this could be the only thing standing between them and living on the street. With the end of the federal eviction moratorium, this help is needed more than ever. “
“Toledo and Lucas County are partnering with NeighborWorks, Lutheran Social Services and Pathway to provide financial assistance to residents who are struggling to meet their daily housing needs,” said Commissioner Byers. “These municipal agencies specialize in providing services and can effectively help tenants and tenants compile the documents required to apply for rental assistance. The need for housing assistance remains significant for those still suffering from the economic fallout from the pandemic. “
The program details can be found at toledo.oh.gov/renters.
Toledo-Lucas County’s new Emergency Relief Program provides $ 11,507,996 in Direct Rental Assistance to help eligible tenants in Toledo and Lucas Counties.
Since the federal eviction moratorium has expired, the eviction of housing is a major problem in our community. Without rental support, the stability of homes for the most vulnerable residents of Toledo and Lucas Counties is at risk. The new program will support low to middle income households in the city and the county with emergency rental assistance for up to 12 months. This can include paying for current and future rents, overdue rents, late fees, new tenant fees, security deposits, and deposits and payments for utility companies. During the approved rental support period, beneficiaries will be encouraged to meet regularly with a coach from the Financial Opportunity Center. Emergency payments for rent support are issued directly to the landlord or, if the landlord refuses to actively participate, directly to the tenant recipient. Only one application per unit is allowed. The landlord or tenant can apply for assistance. The applicant must be the landlord and tenant named in the rental agreement. Eligible are multi-family houses, maisonettes and single-family houses that are rented, owned and operated by an individual or a company landlord.
Applications are only accepted online via the Neighborly TLCERAP software portal, which is published at toledo.oh.gov/renters. Partner organizations provide marketing and public relations for the program and offer landlords and tenants technical support with online applications, subject to availability.
The portal is only open to landlords from May 13th to 27th. Tenants can apply from May 28th. The program remains open until all funds are used up.
The program partner organizations are:
NeighborWorks Toledo Region, 704 Second St.
Lutheran Social Services2149 Collingwood Blvd.
path, 505 Hamilton St.
The admission requirements include:
- The resident must rent a unit in Toledo or Lucas County.
- The resident must have a valid and up-to-date rental agreement signed by both the landlord and the tenant, or other documents that prove the existence of a lease.
- The resident is unemployed or has experienced a decrease in household income, significant expense, or financial difficulties due to COVID-19.
- The resident is at risk of homelessness or residential instability.
- The resident has a maximum household income of 80 percent or less of the area median income, adjusted for the household size. (To calculate what percentage of a tenant’s median land area is, take the household income and divide it by the 100 percent median land area for a household of the same size.)
There are two planned virtual meetings for the public to learn more about the program and the application process: