City officials on Monday struck a celebratory tone in announcing the successful expenditure of $12.9 million in federally sourced rental relief for residents financially hit by the coronavirus.
The City of Austin and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin announced the milestone related to the Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance Program, noting all funds were distributed prior to the Dec. 30 deadline. Part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, the federal windfall assisted more than 4,300 Austin families who were financially impacted by COVID-19, according to a city advisory. Austin City Council will vote Wednesday on staff's recommendation to allocate an additional $3.2 million in assistance to serve participants remaining in the application pipeline, officials noted.
"We did it!" Austin Mayor Steve Adler said with palpable enthusiasm in a prepared statement. "With the help of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin and over a dozen non-profit partners, we gave $12.9 million in rent relief to 4,300 Austin families hurting from the pandemic."
Reach Patch.com's article "Austin Helps 4,300 Households With $12.9M In Rent Help," featuring the Housing Authority of the City of Austin.