GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) – Guilford County’s federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program will now be available to all county residents.
The program was created to help people financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, Guilford County’s ERAP did not permit Greensboro residents to apply, but starting July 9 Greensboro residents can apply.
There is no need for anyone who applied for Greensboro’s ERAP to reapply.
ERAP assists with rent and utilities to help mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic on households in Guilford County.
“This pandemic has really affected me and a lot of other people,” Tammie Saunders said.
Saunders woke up early Friday morning to be one of the first in line Greensboro to get rental and utility assistance,
She is a month behind on rent. With her blue CARES bag wrapped around her wrist, she’s ready to fill out the paperwork to get help
“I’m glad they have this program,” Saunders said.
Guilford County officials say they have seen more than 100 applications Friday, and plenty of calls about the funding.
“People are still feeling the effects of COVID even now, and it’s been more than a year,” said Sharon Barlow, deputy director Guilford County Health and Human Services. “The county has been seeing a pretty low-level demand of about 2,000 applications since we started the program back in February. The city has experienced a great deal more demand, but what we know is about 82 percent of renters live in the city limits of Greensboro.”
Greensboro is working on 6,000 applications with the average of $3,000 going out to families. If you plan on applying, make sure to bring identification, proof of residency, a past-due bill, and wage information.
“The program will until we run of money, and so we anticipate seeing an increase,” Barlow said.
You can apply in person at the Department of Health and Human Services on Maple Street in Greensboro or the Department of Social Services on East Russell Avenue in High Point. Both are open Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
You can also call at (336) 641-3000, or go to the Guilford County website.