Rental assistance program available for Mississippians

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A program, called RAMP, which provides rental assistance to eligible Mississippians, is now available through the Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC).

MHC will be partnering with MUTEH, Inc., Central MS Continuum of Care, and the Open Doors Homeless Coalition to administer the nearly $8 million program for the State of Mississippi to carry out Emergency Solutions Grant activities authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

“Mississippians are still struggling under the weight of COVID-19 to care for their health and well-being and that of their loved ones. They should not also be burdened with whether they can keep a roof over their heads,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “This $8 million rental assistance will help alleviate those unnecessary burdens as Mississippians look to get back to work and back on their feet to take care of one another.”

RAMP will offer homeless prevention services such as short-term rental assistance, rental arrears, and housing stability case management to eligible individuals and families.

“Mississippi Home Corporation has worked hard to help those who have been severely impacted by COVID-19,” said Scott Spivey Executive Director of MHC. “This program offers another opportunity to address housing needs that have been created due to this pandemic. As the State’s Housing Finance Agency, we look forward to administering this program in partnership with these three COC’s to support Mississippians with rental assistance.”

The Emergency Solutions Grant COVID-19 (ESG-COVID) program created by the CARES Act funds services to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).  Individuals and families who have been laid off or have current income under 50% of area median income (AMI) and individuals who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance are eligible to receive funds.

Click here to learn more about the program and eligibility.

Image courtesy of Mississippi Home Corp

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