Toledo, Lucas County announce rental assistance program

$ 11.5 million is earmarked to help tenants cope with the pandemic. The funds can be used for current and future rents, overdue rents, late fees, new tenant fees, and more.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Toledo and Lucas Counties provide rental assistance for those struggling to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Toledo-Lucas County Emergency Relief Program will provide $ 11.5 million to eligible tenants in the city and county. The program offers support for up to 12 months.

“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 address the housing challenge again with this new federally funded program,” said Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz .

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Funds can be used for current and future rents, overdue rents, late fees, new tenant fees, security deposits, and utilities. Individuals in receipt of benefits are encouraged to meet regularly with a financial coach.

Emergency rent payments are made directly to the landlord.

Applications are accepted online here. The portal is open to landlords from May 13th to 27th. Tenants can register from May 28th.

“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 Tina Wozniak, Commissioner from Lucas County.

The conditions of participation 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 the area
  • Is the average tenant income, take the household income and divide it by the 100 percent median land income for a household of the same size.)

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