wake up house! The application deadline for the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program is tonight

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – After the House Wake! helped more than 3,800 households avoid eviction. The COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program is no longer accepting applications tonight, January 21 at 5 p.m.

Funding from the federal government is running out, and this proactive step will ensure that eligible applicants who are in the queue by that date will have their rent or utility payments by May 30.

The US Treasury Department provided funds directly to territories, states and local governments to assist eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs. Wake County contributed an additional $4 million in county dollars in 2020.

The total budget for the program is $101 million, with $75.5 million provided by Wake County and an additional $25.5 million provided by the City of Raleigh.

“The help this program has been able to provide to thousands of people facing evictions or power outages is incredible, but unfortunately it cannot last forever. We need to embrace the reality of the end of the program,” said Vickie Adamson, Wake County Commissioner. “We aim to be good stewards of this process and will only accept applications that we know we can fund with the federal dollars currently available.”

Both county and city of Raleigh employees requested additional funding from the federal government to offer further assistance, but both agencies were notified this week that the program would not receive additional federal funding.

Closing the applications gives Telamon, the administrator of House Wake!, the necessary time to process the applications that are still pending.

By not accepting new applications, more resources can be shifted to households already in the queue and processing time can be reduced.

“Over the past year, we’ve helped thousands of renters and landlords avoid evictions and keep the lights on,” said Assistant District Manager Duane Holder. “Our work doesn’t end here; We will continue to work to find solutions for those who need help outside of House Wake! Program.”

The program application deadline does not affect those who have previously applied or are currently receiving grants. Any motion submitted by 5:00 p.m. tonight will be eligible for assistance if approved.

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