“We encourage tenants in Wyoming who are behind on rent or who believe they may be at risk of eviction to submit a declaration to their landlord, seek emergency rental assistance and, if necessary, seek assistance. of Legal Aid of Wyoming, “Korin Schmidt, Wyoming director of the Department of Family Services, said in a statement.
The department administers the Wyoming Rent Assistance Program, which is available to tenants who are at risk of eviction because they cannot pay rent. The state received $ 180 million for the program, which was launched in April.
As of Thursday, 30% of the 924 requests for help had been approved, according to the department. By that date, the program had disbursed $ 2.8 million in assistance, including $ 2.2 million for homeowners, $ 485,000 for tenants and $ 211,000 for utilities.
“Unpaid rents have devastating consequences for tenants, who have to keep a roof over their heads, and landlords, who could face financial problems,” Schmidt said in the statement. “We urge tenants and landlords to work together to access the Emergency Rent Assistance Program, which has already made more than $ 2 million in payments to landlords.”
CDC data shows that about 13% of renter households in Wyoming are behind on rent. Of those, 43% said they were somewhat deported or likely to be deported in the next two months.