Recent News

State rent relief online application portal now open for Moore County renters and landlords

Moore County renters and landlords may now apply for up to 12 months of cumulative rent and/or utility payments through its new COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. (File Photo)

STATE NEWS | Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, missed rent payments and mortgage payments have piled up across the State of Tennessee but thanks to federal emergency fund, Moore County renters and landlords may now apply for up to 12 months of cumulative rent and/or utility payments through its new COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.

Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) received $384 million in direct funding from the U.S. Treasury to administer the emergency rent relief program in 91 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Davidson, Knox, Rutherford and Shelby counties will administer their own rent relief programs. THDA will begin serving applicants under the COVID-19 Rent Relief program began on March 1 and will continue until all funds have been reserved or expended.

Renters in Moore County who have experienced economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and earn less than 80 percent of the area median income may be eligible for this assistance. For example, in Moore County, a four person household making less than $52,550 annually could qualify for this funding.

The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program was developed to support renters who are, or have been, struggling to pay rent, utilities or other home energy costs due to loss of income resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the livelihoods of countless Tennesseans,” THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey said. “This program is designed to help people stay in their homes by covering eligible rent and/or utility costs they are unable to pay due to the challenges presented by COVID-19.”

To start the application process, a landlord or tenant should access the online portal or call the COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at (844) 500-1112. Both landlords and tenants will be required to provide verification and documentation as proof of eligibility.  Once approved, payments will be made directly to the landlord or utility company on behalf of the tenant. Individuals can monitor the status of their application and payment through the online portal.  

More details on eligibility are available online at thda.org/covidrentrelief or individuals can call (844) 500-1112. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Categories: Recent News, State News

Leave a Reply