DeKalb announces $21 million federal grant to prevent tenant evictions

FILE PHOTO: DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond briefs the press at Wesley Chapel Square shopping center in greater Decatur July 25, 2020 to announce DeKalb police, fire and code enforcement personnel would begin distribution of 20,000 masks and “No Mask, No Service” signage to small businesses throughout the county as part of its ongoing “Stop the Spread” campaign. Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA – DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond on Feb. 9 announced receipt of a $21 million grant from the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance program , a press release says.

CEO Thurmond convened a Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition comprised of public and nonprofit partners. The coalition will provide financial relief to DeKalb renters threatened by eviction and landlords facing revenue losses—both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic is exacerbating a housing crisis for thousands of DeKalb families and landlords,” Thurmond said in the press release. “More and more families are facing immediate loss of a place to live. Landlords are losing significant rental income. With the support of the Board of Commissioners, the county court system and key nonprofits, we can give DeKalb residents and landlords a fighting chance against the financial of this insidious virus.”

Partners in the TLAC rental assistance program with the county include:

– DeKalb County Magistrate Court

– DeKalb County Clerk of State and Magistrate Courts

– DeKalb County Marshal’s Office

– Atlanta Legal Aid

– Goodwill of North Georgia

“Every day in the judicial system, we see the growing, sad consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the large numbers of families facing eviction and landlords losing income due to no fault of their own,” said Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl A. Anderson. “Working with DeKalb County and the other partners in the TLAC we will be able to provide an important lifeline for many residents and property owners.”

The TLAC rent relief program will provide financial assistance to eligible households for the payment of rent, rent arrearage, utilities, utility arrearage and other housing costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An owner or landlord renting to an eligible household may apply on behalf of the tenant.

The program is designed to assist eligible families that have an annual family income of 80 percent of the median income for DeKalb County. Annual family income limits are:

– Family of one: $46,350

– Family of two: $52,950

– Family of three: $59,550

– Family of four: $66,150

The online application at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/renthelp will go live at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Eligible applicants, both tenants and landlords, are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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