YCAP has funds to help households struggling to pay their rent
Using a variety of funding sources, Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP) is continuing to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their monthly rent.
In late May, YCAP received $197,192 from the Legislature's COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund Program and $20,000 from Providence Health & Service through its COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant. YCAP has screened and qualified 94 households for aid, including about half who have seen nearly $80,000 in payments made to their landlords for rent in arrears.
"YCAP acknowledges the great uncertainty and challenges facing many families during COVID-19 and is committed to mobilizing all available resources to help," a release from the agency said. "YCAP will continue to work diligently over the next (few) months to ensure those who qualify and need assistance receive this COVID-19 relief funding."
The initial program, according to a news release, was for households impacted by the pandemic and whose income was 50% or less than the average median income (AMI) for the area. That standard was later amended to include households with 80% or less of the AMI for the area. That standard doesn't include the $600 supplemental unemployment payments dedicated by Congress. The funds are designated to provide rental assistance to individuals and families who have lost income, have compromised health conditions and are at risk of becoming homeless due to the pandemic.
YCAP's work didn't go unnoticed by the federal government, it turns out, as the agency was awarded $1.21 million in additional funding via the Oregon Emergency Board to continue the housing program through the end of the year.
YCAP has hired two additional staff members to ensure the funds are distributed quickly and in accordance with guidelines, the release said.
"YCAP's focus is on individuals and families that are unstably housed, who are at risk of losing their housing, have been told to vacate or are at a high risk of losing current housing, and lack the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing," the release said.
To qualify, households with one person can earn no more than $51,600, while a two-person household can earn up to $59,000 and a four-person household can earn up to $73,700 and remain eligible.
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