Community Outreach Housing is now offering rental assistance to individuals that have lost at least 50 percent of their income due to COVID-19 layoffs.
Community Outreach Housing is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charity that offers quality housing to post-secondary, full-time students and low-income families. The organization first began in 2013 and now has 18 houses that serve 45 people.
COH received a grant of about $40,000 from North Texas Cares on Tuesday, April 7 with 100 percent of the grant going toward rental relief.
“We feel how families are hurting from loss of income, increased grocery bills from kids being home, no day care for kids, all activities being cancelled and families having to stay home. Many families have no emergency funds and no way to pay rent right now,” said Tami Gardner, COH executive director.
The funds are paid directly to the landlords or property managers, not to the individuals.
“We are not limited to Stephenville, that is just where our heart is. We can help anyone in the state of Texas,” Gardner said.
The rental relief assistance is not income-based; it is on a case-by-case basis. The funds are based on the effects of income loss.
Community Outreach Housing has already helped five families with rent for the month of April.
“It is our goal to help as many as possible until the funds run out, realistically over 200 families,” Gardner said. “These are one-time rental assistance funding. We anticipate the funds will be gone by June.”
If anyone has experienced a 50 percent or more loss of income, reach out to Community Outreach Housing by calling 214-762-9910 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A simple application can be completed over the phone or printed and scanned back to COH. At this time, no in-person interviews will be conducted.
“We will continue to apply for additional grant funding for the purpose of rental assistance,” Gardner added. “It is our intent that everyone stays in their current home and not have to move.”