Jefferson Parish Launches Rental Assistance Program | Local politics

Jefferson has launched a program to help renters who have struggled to make payments due to the pandemic, according to a news release.

The program, which follows a similar one in New Orleans, provides rental assistance to those who meet certain criteria and may exhibit distress caused by the pandemic, the statement said. The money is part of a federal state partnership that sent $ 308 million to Louisiana on a $ 25 billion federal program funded through the United States Department of the Treasury.

Jefferson Parish’s initial budget is $ 12.8 million, a parish spokesperson said. If the parish uses 85% of that amount by the end of September, an additional $ 14.1 million will be awarded to the parish.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this much-needed assistance to Jefferson Parish residents who have been financially affected by COVID-19,” Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng said in the press release.

To be eligible, a renter must live in Jefferson Parish and be able to prove they have been economically damaged by the pandemic, the statement said. They must also have been rented in April 2020 and received no rental assistance from any other program. There are higher income limits for eligibility, which amount to $ 39,450 per year for an individual and $ 56,300 per year for a family of four.

Applications are available on the program website at …