Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine announced Monday that the state’s short-term rental assistance program for Nevadans suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19 are now taking applications.
Rental assistance funds will be offered as a grant to eligible Nevada tenants and the grants are not required to be paid back. Funds will be awarded first-come-first-serve and will be paid directly to landlords on behalf of tenants.
In order to be eligible for funds, applicants must be a tenant in Nevada with a current active lease in which back-rent is owed. Applicants must be able to prove financial hardship due to COVID-19 – loss of employment, reduction in work hours, and/or reduction in wages. Those applying for grants must have a gross annual household income at or below 120% of Area Median Income. Applicants can learn whether they qualify. Applicants must not already be receiving Federal Voucher Housing Assistance and have no more than $3,000 cash on hand. Those who have been financially wounded by Covid-19 and have missed rent payments are encouraged to visit housing.nv.gov to begin the application process.
Applicants will be directed to a housing agency based on their county of residence. After applying, tenants will be notified if they’re been approved and funds will be forwarded to the tenant’s landlord. Funds will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.
It comes as no surprise that state officials anticipate there will be more demand for this program than they have money for. Therefore they need the federal government to step up and provide additional support to tenants hammered by COVID-19.