Washington County awaits $3 million in emergency rent assistance funds from the federal government





Some Washington County residents said they were approved for emergency rental assistance but never got that funding because the county was running out of money. Washington County said it stopped accepting ERA applications on Friday, March 25, because it realized it wasn’t going to get more than $3 million in relief funds. leased from the federal government. Tenants, like Amare Roush, said they were ERA approved. funds, and expected to receive more in the coming months, but the money never arrived in their account. “On April 1, April Fool’s Day, I received a text saying that I was not going to receive emergency rent assistance which had I at first thought it was a fish of d ‘April, until my landlord calls,’ Roush said, but it could take the landlord one to two weeks to see the payments. Roush said the March rent was never paid and the 1st April, the county has sent another letter.(WCERAP) cannot process s and approve any further requests for additional assistance due to insufficient funds.At this time, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program of Washington County is ending as available funding is limited,” the letter read. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville is trying to raise money for people who need emergency rental assistance.” unnecessarily for families. They could have alerted them earlier to give them time to get prepare, but if you don’t have time to prepare, you suddenly face eviction because someone said they were going to pay the bill and they didn’t,” the pastor said. Clint Schnekloth. During a quorum court committee meeting on Monday, Washington County Attorney Brian Lester explained what happened with the money. “That money,” Lester said. that the county was still holding out hope that they would finally receive the money from the federal program in January.we would have stopped so that there was no problem.we could have paid and once the funding had disappeared for the people who were waiting for him, that would be all, that would have been the fi n of ERA funding,” Lester said. Lester said if the county does eventually get the money, it will be paid out to people who have been approved, but he said the funds were earmarked for emergencies and at some point the money would run out of all way. Roush said their landlord was understanding and they were able to get help this month, but the future is uncertain for hundreds of tenants in Washington County. “Luckily Good Shepherd helps me. I’m a member of the church. I work here. They take care of me, but I mean, they try to raise money to take care of everyone else. There’s so much of people who need help,” Roush said.

Some Washington County residents said they were approved for emergency rental assistance but never got that funding because the county was running out of money.

Washington County said it stopped accepting ERA applications on Friday, March 25, because it realized it would get no more than $3 million in relief funds. federal government housing.

Tenants, like Amare Roush, said they were approved for ERA funds and expected to get more in the coming months, but the money never came into their account.

“On April 1st, April Fool’s Day, I received a text message saying that I was not going to receive the emergency housing assistance that we had been promised. was an April Fool’s joke, until my landlord called,” Roush said.

Roush said he received a letter Feb. 25 from the county saying they had been re-approved for three months’ rent, but it could take one to two weeks for the landlord to see the payments.

Roush said the March rent was never paid and on April 1 the county sent another letter.

“We regret to inform you that the Washington County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (WCERAP) can no longer process or approve requests for additional assistance due to a lack of funds. “At this time, the Washington County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is ending as limited funding is available,” the letter states.

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville is trying to raise money for people who need emergency rental assistance.

“They needlessly created an emergency for the families. They could have alerted them earlier to give them time to prepare, but if you don’t have time to prepare, you suddenly face eviction. because someone said they were going to pay the bill and they didn’t,” said Pastor Clint Schnekloth.

At a quorum court committee meeting on Monday, Washington County attorney Brian Lester explained what happened with the money.

“It’s unfortunate, but I blame it on the feds because we were told in December that we would have this money,” Lester said.

Lester said the county remains hopeful that it will finally receive the money from the federal government.

“In hindsight, if we had known there would be such a delay, we would have ended this program in January. We would have stopped so that there was no problem. We could have paid and once the funding got gone for people who expected it, that would have been it, that would have been the end of ERA funding,” Lester said.

Lester said if the county does eventually get the money, it will go to those approved, but he said the funds were for emergencies only and at some point the money would run out anyway.

Roush said their landlord was understanding and they were able to get help this month, but the future is uncertain for hundreds of tenants in Washington County.

“Luckily the Good Shepherd helps me. I’m a member of the church. I work here. They take care of me, but I mean, they try to raise money to take care of everyone else. There’s just like so many people who need help,” Roush said.




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