The Denton County Commissioners Court today approved $771,536 in CARES Act funding for eviction prevention “bridge” services provided by United Way of Denton County and a network of nonprofits effective immediately through Jan. 22, 2021, before other state and federal programs go into effect.
President Trump’s signing of the additional COVID Relief Bill gave Denton County the ability to extend the expenditures deadline beyond the original date of 12/30/2020. The funding approved today is from the original CARES Act passed in March.
“Within 48 hours of President Trump signing the COVID Relief Bill on Sunday and with swift action from Denton County Commissioners Court, we are excited to announce applications for financial assistance to avoid evictions are being processed by United Way of Denton County and our network of nonprofit partners,” said Gary Henderson, President & CEO of United Way of Denton County. “This rapid response to ongoing pandemic relief, the result of years of building effective county-wide partnerships, will prevent eviction for thousands of households across Denton County.”
United Way of Denton County has resumed the COVID Relief & Recovery Eviction Prevention program effective immediately and notified its nonprofit partners Christian Community Action (CCA), Denton County Friends of the Family, Giving Hope, Grace Like Rain, Interfaith Ministries, Metrocrest Services, Next Steps The Colony, and The Salvation Army – Denton and Lewisville to resume submitting applications for assistance.
“Providing assistance to our residents facing the possibility of eviction is important to us,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads.
“We recognized the need for providing three weeks of additional funding to create a bridge between the COVID Relief & Recovery Eviction Prevention program and new programs that will assist residents in need through state grants and funds earmarked in the COVID-19 Relief Bill signed into law on Sunday,” said Precinct 3 Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell. “We do not want our residents falling through the cracks and facing homelessness.”
Denton County residents in need of assistance with rent, mortgage or utility payments can click here for more information and detailed instructions on how to apply for assistance.