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Posted on: May 26, 2021

Rental, mortgage, childcare assistance and more included in American Rescue Plan

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From the Georgia Municipal Association

Rental Assistance is Still Available, Mortgage Assistance Available Soon!

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has nearly a billion dollars available to distribute in the form of direct payments to landlords and utility providers on behalf of tenants who have fallen behind on payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DCA began accepting applications for aid March 8, and the program can provide between 12 and 15 months of unpaid utilities. For more information visit, call 833-827-RENT or email DCA will be unveiling a program to provide mortgage assistance using federal funds in the near future — stay tuned for more information from DCA and GMA!

Childcare and Education Supported Through American Rescue Plan

Developing an early childhood recovery plan is one opportunity not to be overlooked when meeting with stakeholders and identifying how to address the negative impacts of COVID-19 in communities. The National League of Cities' recent article “Supporting Early Childhood with the American Rescue Plan Act” can shed light on the possibilities of this important funding opportunity.

American Rescue Plan Supports Families

American Rescue Plan funds provide families and individuals with increased funding for food and shelter through partnerships with several federal agencies. Funds were provided in establishing the following programs:

  • Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women,
  • Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Learn more about these programs here.

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