Community Services Consortium (CSC) has received an additional $2.5 million dollars of state funding to use as emergency rental assistance for residents of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties who have suffered job loss or under-employment due to COVID-19. Applications are being accepted beginning February 23, 2021.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a renter in Linn, Benton, or Lincoln County;
- Owe back rent to their landlord incurred since April 1, 2020;
- Lost job/income due to COVID-19 closures or illness; and
- Meet household income requirements for their county (limit is 80% area median income)
“CSC has prevented thousands of people, including hundreds of families with children, from becoming homeless since the pandemic began”, said Dina Eldridge, Housing Services Manager of Community Services Consortium. “The need for assistance has not ended, however, and we are grateful that our state Legislature understands that keeping people housed remains a top priority.”
Application process for 2021 COVID rent relief:
- Complete the online eligibility pre-screener
- If determined eligible to apply, you will be directed to complete the full application online
- Once online application is completed, you will submit any required documents via the link in the application
- After submitting the application, you will receive a case number – This is important to keep on hand for checking the status of your application* and for your landlord to complete required documentation
- After you have completed the application process, someone from CSC will be in touch via the phone number and/or email provided in the application about whether or not you’re eligible for assistance
- If you are eligible, your award will be sent to your landlord directly to pay your back-due rent
*Wait times will vary due to high volume of applications. To check the status of your application, visit https://communityservices.us/rentrelief-status and use your case number.