Funding available for Harrison County residents needing emergency rental assistance

A more than $6 million grant is available for Harrison County residents needing emergency rental assistance because of financial stress caused by the pandemic.

The grant was approved this morning during the Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting. The money is being provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury and will allow up to 12 months of rent payments and an additional three months of forwarding payments for qualified residents as well as assistance with utilities where allowed.

So far, Open Doors Homeless Coalition has assessed 75 residents. The grant is expected to assist 500 households. Open Doors Homeless Coalition Executive Director Mary Simons said, “People lost their jobs during the shutdown and sometimes they go back to work. Sometimes they’ve been unable to find new work. Sometimes if they’re back to work, they’re making less money than before the pandemic. So, even if they are paying the rent now, there may be some areas that have stacked up that are impossible to catch up.”

If you’re behind on rent, check with your landlord to see if they’ve begun the process. If you cannot get in contact with them, call 228-604-8011 for assistance from the Open Doors Homeless Coalition.

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