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City of Garland Emergency Rental Assistance Program (2021)
Deadline  10/1/2021
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The City of Garland is offering an Emergency Assistance Program for Garland residents who need financial assistance with rent, utilities or both. (Note: this program is NOT available to support those with mortgages). Eligible applicants can receive up to 12 months' of support of past-due rent and/or utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. 

Submitting an application is NOT a guarantee of funding.  Nearly all applicants will be required to submit additional documents or information to their case managers to verify eligibility, as required by the federal government and the terms of this program. Promptly submitting a complete application and responding quickly to requests from your case manager will help expedite your application. 

Due to the volume of application, there is no need to call to inquire about the status of your application.


Requirements  [hide this]

The following requirements apply to both (rent assistance and/or utility assistance) EAP assistance programs and your supporting documentation must be uploaded in the 'Documents' tab: 

  1. All Households will be required to attest in writing that they have experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs or experience other financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  2. All household members over the age of 18 must complete and sign the Coronavirus Impact Certification, verifying financial hardship (see Documents tab). In addition to the signed certification, applicants must document reduction in income, increased costs, or other financial hardship due to COVID-19 by providing one of the following:
    • Unemployment Benefit Award letter or Termination/Furlough Letter from employer
    • Pay stubs/bank statements showing reduction in income/hours
    • Bill(s) showing increased medical or childcare costs
  3. All household members over the age of 18 will be required to document either their 2020 Annual Income or monthly income for two months' prior to application. Acceptable documents include:
    • IRS Form 1040 documenting annual income (adjusted gross income) for 2020 
    • Copy of wage statements or pay stubs
    • Copy of interest statements for bank accounts or other financial assets
    • Unemployment benefits statement 
    • Social security/SSI/disability benefits statement
    • Pension statements
    • Medical documents showing increased healthcare costs or inability to work during COVID-19 due to high-risk of contracting the virus
    • Other bill(s) showing increased costs directly related to COVID-19 that prevented applicant from being able to pay rent when due
  4. Those who cannot provide documentation of income must submit a Declaration of Income Statement (See Document Tab).
  5. Self-Employed applicants must provide documentation to show the difference of income before and after being financially impacted by COVID-19, such as copies of bank statements before COVID-19 and current bank statements.  
  6. Applicants must submit their current lease agreement, along with past-due rent and/or utility bills for the month(s) of assistance being requested.
  7. Applicants must prove their household size (ex. tax return listing all household members as dependents, SNAP Benefits letter, lease agreement with all household members listed) and provide identification for all household members (ex: Social Security cards, birth certificates, State ID or licenses, passports, etc.)

DISCLAIMER:

Please read the following information carefully.

You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understand the following:

  • The timeline from application submittal to funding is approximately 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Submitting an application does NOT guarantee assistance will be provided.
  • Applicants must submit all required documents and information that are required by the federal government and local agencies under the terms of this program.
  • Caseworkers will contact you to obtain additional information and/or documents needed to verify your eligibility; you must respond in order to prove eligibility and receive assistance.
  • You will be given a 7-day timeframe to provide additional informaiton and/or documents.
  • If you do not respond to emails and phone calls from the caseworker managing you application, your application may be denied.


Restrictions  [hide this]

The following restrictions apply to the City of Garland Emergency Assistance Program: 

  1. Assistance is available only for residents of the City of Garland. 
  2. Initial assistance is provided for back-pay of rent and/or utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. 
  3. Program only provides rental and/or utility assistance; it does NOT assist with mortgages.
  4. Payments will be made directly to the landlord to be credited to the account indicated in the application.  Payments will not be made to individual applicants.  
  5. Assistance is not available to families living in units owned by immediate family members. Immediate family ties include (whether by blood, marriage or adoption) the spouse, parent (including a stepparent), child (including a stepchild), brother, sister (including a stepbrother or stepsister), grandparent, grandchild, and in-laws.
  6. Applicants must have total household income at or below (less than) 80% of the Area Median Income. Applicants with household income over 80% do not qualify.

Maximum Household Income Limit Categories

Household Size12345678

0-30% AMI

$18,100

$20,700

$23,300

$26,200

$30,680

$35,160

$39,640

$44,120

30%-50% AMI

$30,200

$34,500

$38,800

$43,100

$46,550

$50,000

$53,450

$56,900

51%-60% AMI

$36,240

$41,400

$46,560

$51,720

$55,860

$60,000

$64,140

$68,280

61%-80% AMI

$48,300

$55,200

$62,100

$68,950

$74,500

$80,000

$85,500

$91,050


Library  [hide this]
DescriptionFile NameDate UploadedFile Type
Personal Attestation Instructions PersonalStatementInstructions.docx 2/11/2021 8:51:10 AM DOCX
Personal Attestation Template PersonalStatementTemplate.docx 2/11/2021 8:51:23 AM DOCX
Appeals Process - City of Garland AppealsProcedures-CityofGarland.pdf 3/17/2021 10:37:41 AM PDF
 
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