City of Birmingham has provided more than $3 million in Emergency Rental Assistance to Residents.
Birmingham, AL – More than 600 Birmingham residents have received rent assistance from the city as part of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program funded through the U.S. Department of Treasury. Nearly 100 more residents will receive funds in the coming days as part of the program designed to assist tenants who have fallen behind on rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The numbers are based on the latest report in mid-September.
More than half the overall funds budgeted to assist residents in need in Birmingham has been distributed. To date, $2.9 million has been paid with an additional $418,904 pending payment. Birmingham tenants on average receive between $4,000 to $5,000 in rental assistance through the program.
In keeping with federal guidelines, applicants who are facing eviction are prioritized first. Community Development is working closely with the court system and Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham in an effort to halt or delay evictions currently in process.
The city expects to complete distribution of the remaining $2.4 million from the first round of Emergency Rental Assistance funds in the coming weeks. The city has received a second round of rental assistance funds totaling more than $4 million to extend the program in the city.
Individuals seeking more information or an application for the city’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program may go to www.birminghamal.gov/renthelp.
Individuals needing help with an online application may call 205-778-2091 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.