Renters assistance program in Ada County comes to a close
A program to help struggling families pay rent in Ada County was closed last week.
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program was created 28 months ago to help give financial assistance to families impacted by COVID-19. The program is ending because they are running out of money.
Watson says they were initially given a 25 million dollar budget for struggling families in 2021. The U.S. Treasury Department provided more money, and in the end, the program gave out 70 million dollars.
People behind on rent will be prioritized before the money offiically runs out. The program helped about 15,000 families and shows the need for rental support.
"We need to step up and figure out a way to do a better job of helping people in need," says Watson.
The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities currently assists 2,800 families ever month monthly through housing choice vouchers and low rent public housing programs.