There is nothing scarier than realizing you can't afford to pay your rent. If you lose your home, you lose a place to sleep, a place for your kids to sleep, a place to make food, a place to keep your stuff. And it's hard to get back into a place once you've been evicted. If you get evicted from an apartment, why you let that happen is the question you will have to answer the next time you go to rent another one.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic a lot of El Paso families are facing that hardship but the City and County of El Paso have allocated just over $13 million in federal funding to help people pay the rent they need to avoid eviction. The EP Rent Help program will allow tenants to start the process of getting the application process started on their own but your landlord has to be willing to participate. Landlords can begin signing up on Monday, April 19 and tenants can sign up on Thursday, April 22.

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Tenants and landlords can get more information on a Facebook live on Monday, April 19. The live session will happen at noon and you can log on by clicking this link Facebook.com/PdNCFoundation. If you can't make the Facebook live you can email a question to eprenthelp@pdnfoundation.org and they will answer you back. The United Way of El Paso County’s Community Resiliency Center is taking calls about the application process. You can call them at (877) 594-7276.

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Info about EP Rent Help:

All applications must be submitted via EPRentHelp.org.
A tenant’s household income can only be less than or equal to 80 percent of the 2020 Average Median Income in El Paso County.
Rental assistance is available throughout El Paso County including in unincorporated areas.
Tenants can get assistance to pay up to 12 months of past due rent and up to three months of future rent. How many months of assistance you can get will depend on eligibility and funding source.

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