As discussed in this article, the CDC moratorium on evictions ends today.
Today, an emergency federal policy that has stood between thousands or millions of families and eviction will lift. As of early this month, nearly 6.5 million renter households weren’t caught up on rent, and an unknown proportion of these families will immediately face eviction as August begins.
That is a lot of possible evictions.
If you are a renter or landlord, there is a host of programs to assist tenants pay their rent.
If you are a tenant, you need to contact DHR and other government agencies which might provide some assistance. For instance, the JCCEO CSBG Rental Assistance Program provides such assistance. According to their website:
The JCCEO CSBG Rental Assistance Program is designed to meet the emergency needs of households confronted with a financial crisis due to sudden unemployment, illness of a primary wage-earner, or natural disasters such as Covid-19.
The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) Alabama is offering short-term assistance to individuals with low income and who need help paying rent.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has received $23 million for homelessness assistance and relief. To find out who in your area can help with rent and utilities, call 2-1-1 or visit 211connectsalabama.org.
The Alabama Housing Financing Authority administers a separate fund of $256 million that can help with past due rent and utilities. To find out more and apply for assistance, call 833-620-2434 or click here.