Tenants and home owners facing eviction as a result of the pandemic can explore assistance through UCHRA.
The Community Services Block Grant provides community programs for those financially affected. Community Services Director LaNelle Godsey said over a million dollars in funding is available.
“A good thing is that with the COVID-19, CSBG has expanded some of the things that we can assist with,” Godsey said. “We’re also going to receive additional funds through the CARES Act that’s going to help us serve more people with rental and mortgage assistance.”
Courts will begin to hear eviction cases beginning June 1. Godsey said anyone with a need can apply to check eligibility. Clients eligible for this service must be at least 200 percent below the poverty level. Godsey said vulnerable populations like the disabled or elderly can also apply.
Godsey said UCHRA staff are working with the clerk handling eviction summons to ensure those affected know about eviction relief.
“If you’re in need, just reach out to your local UCHRA office to see if there’s something we can help with,” Godsey said. “If we don’t have a program that can can help, we’re very happy to look to see if there’s other programs in the Upper Cumberland that might meet those needs.”
UCHRA also provides other financial aid for utilities, food, and household essentials.