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Date Posted: 10/14/2020

Rental Assistance Available for Eligible Arkansans Affected by COVID-19

For Immediate Release:

Oct. 14, 2020

Media Contacts: 

Amy Webb

Chief of Communications

amy.webb@dhs.arkansas.gov

 

Marci Manley

Deputy Chief of Communications

marci.manley@dhs.arkansas.gov

 

Rental Assistance Available for Eligible Arkansans Affected by COVID-19

COVID-19 Emergency Solutions Grant funds available through organizations working to prevent homelessness

 

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) --- Arkansans who have lost income because of the public health emergency and who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless are encouraged to apply for rental and housing assistance through the COVID-19 Emergency Solutions Grant, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) announced today.

The state of Arkansas was allocated approximately $23 million under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the need among Arkansans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic. The DHS Division of County Operations (DCO) accepted applications from organizations who proposed to use the funds in one or more of the following categories:

“We know that the public health emergency has impacted Arkansas families, with many people facing financial difficulties that may put them at risk of facing eviction,” said DCO Director Mary Franklin. “These grant funds were awarded to organizations across the state to help meet those immediate and ongoing needs caused by the pandemic. Our hope is that Arkansans who are facing housing challenges will reach out to these organizations for support.”

Local government units, nonprofits, and organizations that provide Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing services are accepting applications for assistance. Eligibility depends on the applicant’s income and the county in which he or she lives. Arkansans who need help can contact the organizations serving their counties to get more information on that group’s application process.

A list of groups by county can be found here, and the person applicants should contact is listed as the ESG contact for each group.

These funds are available to be used through September 2022 or until the funds are exhausted, which will depend on demand and the number of eligible Arkansans who apply.

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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