Are You Having Trouble Paying Rent Due To COVID-19?


ClevelandHousingNetwork, Posted July 9th 2020

The Cuyahoga County Rent Relief Fund was launched to combat housing instability due to the pandemic.

  • The Relief Fund provides up to three months in emergency rental assistance to income-eligible tenants.
  • Payments will be made directly to landlords.
  • Households who are at 120 percent of median income (e.g., a family of four with an annual income of around $90,000) are eligible.

The Relief Fund is a partnership between Cuyahoga County and the Cities of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, and Lakewood.

How does it work?

  • CHN (Cleveland Housing Network) is the entry point to access rental assistance. Depending on the nature of your financial hardship, you may be referred to EDEN for longer-term assistance, at which time you may be asked for additional information and documentation.
  • If you qualify, your landlord may receive up to three months back rent.
  • CHN will screen all applicants for other assistance programs that may help make your electric, gas and water/sewer bills more affordable.

Who qualifies?

  • Residents of the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County who are having difficulty making rental payments due to the economic impact of the pandemic and who meet income eligibility requirements.
  • If you qualify for rental assistance, you may be required to attend more in-depth financial counseling, provided by CHN, as a condition for payment of the rental assistance.
  • Priority is given based on criteria such as eviction status, accurate information and complete documentation.

More information on how to apply available here.

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