County offers rent, mortgage grant

Money to help eligible Adams County residents available now

Staff Report
Posted 4/20/20

Adams County will make a $300,000 grant available to help people who have seen their household income drop because of COVID-19. The county and Maiker Housing Partners — formerly the Adams County …

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County offers rent, mortgage grant

Money to help eligible Adams County residents available now

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Adams County will make a $300,000 grant available to help people who have seen their household income drop because of COVID-19.

The county and Maiker Housing Partners — formerly the Adams County Housing Authority — have created the Adams County COVID-19 Short-Term Rental and Mortgage Assistance Relief Fund.

The fund will provide emergency, short-term rental and mortgage assistance to households little savings that are vulnerable to eviction or foreclosure due to loss or reduction of employment. It’s meant to help those facing problems from unpaid rent or mortgage.

The funds will be administered by Maiker Housing Partners and applications will be accepted through www.makerhp.org, the Maiker Housing Partners website.

“It is of critical importance that we keep people in their homes and ensure residents’ housing needs are met during the COVID-19 crisis,” Adams County Commissioner Eva Henry said. “This fund is an extra boost to assist households that are most vulnerable to eviction or foreclosure due to a loss or reduction of employment during this time.”

The initial $300,000 in grant funding came from the Adams County Foundation and the county officials are looking for additional funding.

“The negative impact this crisis has had on our communities, and especially our most vulnerable residents, is significant and will only continue to grow,” said County Manager Raymond Gonzales.

Residents may be eligible to receive rental or mortgage assistance through this fund if they are Adams County residents with household incomes below 80% of the area median income who have been impacted COVID-19 since March 11, 2020. According to 2018 reports from the U.S. Census, 80 percent of the area median income for Adams County is about $54,000.

“In an effort to continue providing equitable opportunities for all, the Adams County Foundation invested in this new fund to expand support available to the most vulnerable individuals and families residing in our local communities,” said Ken Ciancio, Adams County Foundation Board Chair. “It is our hope this fund will alleviate the stress of economic hardship during this time until Adams County residents may return to work or additional funds become available.”

Each individual may apply for funding up to three times for as long as funding is available. All interested individuals must first complete an interest form on the Maiker Housing Partners website. A Maiker representative will respond within 24 business hours.

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