If you are at risk of becoming homeless, or currently do not have a home, you may be able qualify for housing and rent assistance thanks to a $1.6 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. the program is being administered by Glenn County's Community Action Agency. Families and individuals in Glenn County, Tehama, Colusa, and Trinity counties can also participate and receive aid.
The funds from the program may help pay for short- to medium-term rent payment subsidies, rental security deposits, utility bill deposit assistance and also hotel and motel vouchers for up to seven nights in a motel.
The short-term rental assistance being provided can range from one to three months of payments, and the medium-term rent subsidies may go from anywhere from four to 18 months, depending on the clients' financial situation. They also partner with section 8 housing vouchers programs.
To qualify for this rental assistance program, applicants need to be facing an eviction, their home is in foreclosure, they have a serious medical illness, or they have lost a job. Or, they need to be already homeless. While foreclosed homeowners would not receive money to assist with paying their mortgage from this assistance program, they could get funds to help them pay the rent on another home or apartment.
Another benefit of this program is credit counseling. They will receive free counseling in employment, job training, parenting skills and other areas through referral to Human Resource Agency programs.
If someone does receive aid from this program, they must work with a credit counselor to improve their credit and household income management skills and also address any unpaid bills or debts. Also, the amount of rental subsidy that is offered will depend on the individual's or family's total income.
In addition, if you live in Colusa County, they have programs for security deposit assistance, short-term rental payment assistance, as well as free motel vouchers.
The CGTCAP community action agency administers several other self-sufficiency and financial aid programs for families in Glenn County. Some examples of them include job training and employment assistance from a Resource Center. Helping clients improve their skill set and income is always a priority.
They are also involved in providing applications for financial aid programs, and they are wide ranging. There may be funds for paying utility bills as part of LIHEAP or housing rehabilitation loans. Some eviction prevention services are available for tenants. Another resource is for paying electric bills, and this is the Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help / REACH program.
The non-profit also works closely with other groups in the region, such as the Salvation Army. So referrals to these agencies and programs may be available too, with a focus on housing needs.
Contact Community Action at 530-934-6510. The main office is in Willows, but it supports the entire local region. Read more on help from Colusa-Glenn-Trinity Community Action programs.
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