Housing RELIEF Fund

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On June 15, 2020, Charlottesville City Council (2020-2021) unanimously voted to create the Housing RELIEF Fund to address the City's housing crisis due to COVID-19. The Fund, which totals $792,000, is intended to provide short-term financial assistance to tenants and landlords in the form of rent payments. The program will focus on providing assistance to the following groups:

1.) Individuals residing in the City who were recently released from a correctional institution (from January 2020 to present).
2.) Individuals and households in the City that are experiencing homelessness, and more specifically, households with children under the age of 18.
3.) Landlords who have rental tenants that reside in the City and are at risk of experiencing homelessness due to nonpayment of rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If accepted into the program, individuals may be required to participate in additional services to help stabilize their housing situation. Examples of these services include, but are not limited to: financial literacy training/education, job search and placement assistance, and/or peer recovery support services.[1]

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