City of Toledo Awards $1 Million for Rental Assistance

Toledo residents who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for rental assistance. LSSNWO is awarded $1 million dollars for emergency relief from the City.

On May 28, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz announced the creation of the City of Toledo COVID-19 Emergency Renter Assistance Fund (ERAF) during a virtual news conference. The city has partnered with Lutheran Social Services of Northwest Ohio to operate the program.

“COVID-19 has caused unprecedented job loss and income reduction to low- and moderate-income families in Toledo,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “Inability to pay rent threatens housing stability for all tenants and the continued financial viability of Toledo’s affordable housing. To address this challenge, the city is dedicating $1 million from the COVID-19 Community Development Block Grant funding and another $1 million from the COVID-19 Emergency Solutions Grant funding to establish the City of Toledo COVID-19 Emergency Renter Assistance Fund.”

The ERAF will assist approximately 700 income-eligible households with three months maximum of emergency rental assistance (up to $2,500), which will take the form of payments directly to landlords. The payments may cover rent, past due rent, late fees, new renter fees, security deposits, utility deposits, and moving costs. Beneficiaries will be encouraged to meet with a financial opportunity center coach for financial management in the future.

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