Emergency program helps Clermont County residents with rent, utilities

BATAVIA, OH (Feb. 10, 2021) — Clermont County residents who have fallen behind on rent and utility payments due to the pandemic can get financial help through a new program.

The Board of County Commissioners today approved a Clermont County Job and Family Services’ contact with Clermont County Community Services to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance Fund. Clermont County received $6.1 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for renters through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

This program covers rental payments that are late and overdue as well as utility payments, including gas, electric, fuel oil, trash removal, internet service and water and sewer.

Applicants must have filed their taxes this year, as their 1040 will be used to verify income eligibility. They must have been unemployed due to COVID-19 or experienced a reduction in income due to the pandemic.

Eligible renter households may receive up to 12 months of past due payment assistance with direct payments made to the landlords and utility providers. Landlords may apply on behalf of the renter with their consent.

Clermont County residents can apply by emailing Support@CCCSI.org or by going to www.CCCSI.org .

“Thank you to the county employees who worked diligently on the specifics of this program,” said Claire Corcoran, president of the Board of County Commissioners. “This funding will not only benefit renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the landlords who have been impacted by the loss of income.”

Commissioner David Painter said: “This will bring much-needed relief to many families. Additionally, this will help avoid future eviction filings that would have otherwise overwhelmed our local courts.”

“I’m glad we were able to help those struggling to make ends meet due to the pandemic,” Commissioner Bonnie Batchler added.