Rental assistance program accepting applications

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Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) has announced that the application portal is open to apply for rental assistance through the Rental Assistance for Mississippians Program (RAMP).

The State of Mississippi received $200 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) to aid individuals who have been monetarily impacted by COVID-19. Governor Tate Reeves directed $186 million of these funds to be administered by MHC.

This funding can be used for rental assistance, rental arrears, as well as utilities and home energy costs including electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash removal, and energy costs, such as fuel oil. The funding CANNOT be used for telephone, cable, or internet expenses.

Eligible households may receive up to 15 months of assistance to make rent and utility payments current.

An application for rental assistance may be submitted online by an eligible tenant or a landlord can initiate an application on behalf of that eligible tenant. Tenants and landlords must apply through the website.  Funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers.

As defined by The U.S. Department of Treasury an “eligible household” is a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meet the following criteria:

  1. Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  3. Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median.

Documentation is required to prove eligibility requirements.

Eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median will be prioritized for assistance.

Eligible households who receive rental assistance through the RAMP program are not allowed to receive assistance from any other federally funded rental assistance program.

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