Rent & Utility Relief Program

Rent & Utility Relief Program

The Forsyth County Rent & Utility Relief Program has been established to provide short-term assistance for renters that can document income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is made available through a grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury and will be available beginning Monday, March 8. For details on the federal program, click here. 


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Who is eligible?

Forsyth County will pay rent and utilities for qualifying households. Households meeting all of the following criteria will be eligible for assistance:

- Qualifies for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19; and

- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and

- Has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income, with priority given to 1) households below 50% of the AMI or 2) households with one or more individuals who have been unemployed 90 days or longer at the time of application

The below chart details the household income requirements for eligibility. 

How can a resident apply? 

To apply or get more information on the Rent & Utility Relief Program, eligible residents are encouraged to contact the following organizations directly:

 

-        United Way of Forsyth County (240 Elm St.): (770) 781-4110 - erap@unitedwayforsyth.com 

-        The Place of Forsyth County, Inc (2550 The Place Circle): (770) 887-1098 - Info@theplaceofforsyth.org 


Where does the funding come from?

A total of $7.35M in grant funds for eligible Forsyth County residents is made possible through the U.S. Treasury’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.