The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County has been awarded $1.8 million by St. Joseph County as part of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program is designed to decrease evictions, increase housing stability, and prevent homelessness by providing up to 12 months of rental and utility assistance to residents who have been financially impacted by COVID.
The society has distributed more than $500,000 in assistance since the program launched in April.
“We know our community is still struggling to recover from the pandemic,” said Executive Director Anne Watson. “When someone has lost a job or has had their hours cut, it can be hard to recover financially. We have the opportunity to really help people through this program and get them back on their feet.”
In addition to helping pay past due rent and utility bills dating back to April 2020, the society says the program can provide residents with up to three months of future rent payments and utility assistance at one time.
You can get more information about program eligibility or apply by clicking here.