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Santa Barbara County works with United Way to offer rental assistance grants

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Posted at 7:59 PM, Sep 21, 2020

Santa Barbara County and United Way of Santa Barbara County are working together to offer grants with a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

According to a press release, this program is meant to provide limited rental assistant grants to residents located in unincorporated areas of the county who have experienced income loss or the need for rental support during the coronavirus pandemic.

The program offers the lesser of actual monthly rent or $1,000 per month for three months or a maximum of $3,000 per household. Officials said this program can possibly assist up to 600 households.

“The pandemic has highlighted the precarious financial situation and extreme stress many county residents are experiencing,” Steve Ortiz, President & CEO of United Way, said in the press release. “Every day we hear from local individuals who have lost work and cannot afford rent, food, medicine, or other necessary bills due to the current health crisis. Thanks to our partnership with the County of Santa Barbara, many of these individuals can now meet these basic needs.”

The press release said the program will be available until all funds are spent or until Nov. 30, 2020.

For more information on how to apply, visit their website.