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Ada County receives $12 million for rental, utility assistance

The Emergency Rental Assistance money was distributed by the United States Treasury as part of the second coronavirus relief package.

BOISE, Idaho — The Ada County Board of Commissioners announced Friday that $12 million is federal grant money will soon be available to those struggling to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Rental Assistance money was distributed by the United States Treasury as part of the second coronavirus relief package.

"This pandemic has caused untold hardships for so many of our friends and neighbors through no fault of their own," Ada County Commission Chairman Rod Beck. "We are grateful this money is now available to Ada County residents, and we deeply appreciate the cooperation and expertise provided by our partners at the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities."

Tenants and landlords are eligible to apply for assistance but landlords are only able to apply on behalf of tenants. The assistance includes funds for rent, electricity, gas, water, sewer, trash removal and other energy costs.

"We appreciate the opportunity to administer federal funds locally in alignment with local priorities and oversight," said Deanna Watson, Executive Director of the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authorities. "Tenants will benefit by being able to stay in their homes and avoid homelessness. Landlords and the local economy will benefit from these funds covering lost income as well."

"When we applied for this grant money, we knew there was a clear and growing need. Many folks who are eligible have been struggling. This is the kind of assistance we believe is both necessary and timely." Ryan Davidson, Ada County Commissioner said.

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