Assistance available to Idaho renters

The deadline for Idaho renters affected by COVID-19 to apply for short-term financial assistance through the Housing Preservation Program is 5 p.m., Friday, December 11. To apply, renters can go to www.idahohousing.com/covid-19 or call 1-855-452-0801.

The program is available only to renters who owe past-due rent or utilities because of COVID-19 circumstances. To be eligible, applicants must earn less than 80% of the Area Median of Income, must be Idaho residents and must have at least one member of the household legally eligible to reside in the United States. Those receiving a federal housing subsidy are not eligible. Additional details are available here.

Any approved payments are made directly to landlords or utility companies.

The Housing Preservation Program was initially funded in April with a $250,000 investment by Idaho Housing and Finance Association. Governor Brad Little and the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee allocated $15 million from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Other resources are still available for Idahoans experiencing a housing crisis. Please go to www.idahohousing.com/homeless-resources for a list of resources and providers in your area.

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