Humboldt County DHHS: Rental, mortgage relief available to qualifying individuals

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. — Money to pay for missed rent or mortgage payments is available to qualifying county residents who have fallen behind because of COVID-19 pandemic-related income loss, according to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Humboldt County Eviction Prevention Program is available to income-qualifying households that have prior rent or mortgage owed since March, on a first-come, first-served basis, officials said.

Administered by the DHHS, each qualifying household can receive up to $5,000 which will be paid directly to the landlord or lender, according to officials. The DHHS said the program is being funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, which is providing funding to state, local, and tribal governments to help ease the financial effects of the pandemic on local jurisdictions, businesses, and individuals.

“This pandemic has been difficult for everyone and facing eviction because you have experienced a loss or reduction in employment can have devastating effects. We’re pleased to be able to offer this program to help individuals and families stay in their homes as we all navigate these uncharted waters,” DHHS Director Connie Beck said.

Households within Eureka city limits that meet income requirements for the city’s COVID-19 Assistance Fund will be referred to the city to apply for assistance, officials said.

The program will run through Dec. 30, or until all funding has been distributed, according to the DHHS. Applications will be accepted starting Monday, Aug. 10.