Ada County receives $12 million for rental relief

IBR Staff//February 1, 2021

Ada County receives $12 million for rental relief

IBR Staff//February 1, 2021

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A house for rent. File photo

The Ada County Commissioners applied for $12 million for federal rental assistance. It announced the reward of those funds through the U.S. Treasury on Jan. 28. The grant of this Emergency Rental Assistance money is part of the relief funds made possible through the second federal COVID-19 relief package. The funds will be available to qualifying county residents who have struggled with paying their rent and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This pandemic has caused untold hardships for so many of our friends and neighbors through no fault of their own,” stated Ada County Commission Chairman Rod Beck in the county’s news release on the receipt of the rental relief moneys. “We are grateful this money is now available to Ada County residents, and we deeply appreciate the cooperation and expertise provided by our partners at the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities.”

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Deanna Watson

“We appreciate the opportunity to administer federal funds locally in alignment with local priorities and oversight,” stated Deanna Watson, executive director of the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities. “Tenants will benefit by being able to stay in their homes and avoid homelessness. Landlords and the local economy will benefit from these funds covering lost income as well.”

Tenants and landlords can apply for assistance on behalf of their tenants who qualify for the funds. The assistance includes not just rent but also electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash removal and additional energy costs such as fuel oil.

Ada County Commissioners Diana Lachiondo and Kendra Kenyon at the Jan. 7 meeting.
Diana Lachiondo (left) and Kendra Kenyon (right). Photo by Catie Clark

“Few things are more stressful than wondering if you can keep a roof over your head. This kind of assistance helps the whole community and has a positive ripple effect throughout our local economy,” stated Commissioner Kendra Kenyon.

“When we applied for this grant money, we knew there was a clear and growing need,” remarked Commissioner Ryan Davidson. “Many folks who are eligible have been struggling. This is the kind of assistance we believe is both necessary and timely.”

County residents can qualify for assistance or obtain more information on the Emergency Rental Assistance fund at the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities.