State extends coronavirus rent relief program for Mainers

The Mills administration announced Thursday that the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program has been extended.The program now provides a one-time payment of $500 for rent for the months of April, May or June. The program initially provided payments for April or May rent.The money is paid directly to the landlord.Officials said the program was created in April, it has helped more than 5,200 households in the state. Another 2,800 applications are still being processed.Households must meet certain income and ability to pay requirements to receive the one-time payment.When a landlord accepts payment, they agree not to evict the tenant for nonpayment for the month the payment was issued, the state said.Those who received rent relief through this program in April or May are not eligible for program funds in June, officials said.People who applied in April and May but have yet to hear back from their local Community Action Agency should contact that agency to check on the status of their application.People who live in subsidized housing are not eligible for this program because they have other programs available to them and should contact their property manager, officials said.

The Mills administration announced Thursday that the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program has been extended.

The program now provides a one-time payment of $500 for rent for the months of April, May or June. The program initially provided payments for April or May rent.

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The money is paid directly to the landlord.

Officials said the program was created in April, it has helped more than 5,200 households in the state. Another 2,800 applications are still being processed.

Households must meet certain income and ability to pay requirements to receive the one-time payment.

When a landlord accepts payment, they agree not to evict the tenant for nonpayment for the month the payment was issued, the state said.

Those who received rent relief through this program in April or May are not eligible for program funds in June, officials said.

People who applied in April and May but have yet to hear back from their local Community Action Agency should contact that agency to check on the status of their application.

People who live in subsidized housing are not eligible for this program because they have other programs available to them and should contact their property manager, officials said.