Adams County, housing authority offer rent and mortgage help

New rules allow landlords to apply for help

Staff Report
Posted 8/11/20

Maiker Housing Partners and Adams County will offer grants to help Adams County pay their housing costs and avoid evictions. The grants use funding from the CARES Act contributed by the county and …

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Adams County, housing authority offer rent and mortgage help

New rules allow landlords to apply for help

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Maiker Housing Partners and Adams County will offer grants to help Adams County pay their housing costs and avoid evictions.

The grants use funding from the CARES Act contributed by the county and municipalities in Adams County. The new funding also allows residential landlords in Adams County to apply for rental assistance payments on behalf of tenants with unpaid rent. The application allows landlords to apply for all delinquent payments at once with no limit on the number of residents.

Applications will be accepted for both residents and landlords through www.maikerhp.org the Maiker Housing Partners website.

“Everyone deserves a home, even when financial hardship makes paying rent or mortgages difficult,” said Peter LiFari, Executive Director of Maiker Housing Partners. “With Federal, State and local moratoriums in constant flux, we are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure those experiencing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19 are not in danger of losing their housing during this unprecedented time.”

Assistance will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants. Adams County residents may be eligible to receive rental or mortgage assistance if they have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 and have income below 120% area median income, roughly $98,000.

“This additional CARES Act funding will allow us to help our hardest hit residents during a time when so many people need the limited resources available,” County Commissioner Eva Henry. “Allowing landlords to apply on behalf of tenants is a creative solution to help both our families and our business owners.”

Maiker has processed over $350,000 in mortgage and rental assistance for residents, all starting with a $300,000 grant from the Adams County Foundation as part of the Adams County emergency response and recovery efforts since March.

“The negative impact this crisis has had on our communities, and especially our most vulnerable residents, is significant and continues to grow,” said County Manager Raymond H. Gonzales. It is our hope this additional funding will help alleviate some of the hardships our residents are experiencing through the end of this very difficult year.”

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