Harrison County – Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Members of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, including President Beverly Martin (D1), Vice President Kent Jones (D4), Rebecca Powers (D2), Marlin Ladner (3rd District), and Connie Rockco (5th District), have approved the hiring of Open Doors Homeless Coalition to administer and facilitate a $6 million federal grant for emergency rental assistance.

Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, the United States Department of Treasury made it feasible for the award to be given to Harrison County residents who have been affected by it.

“For many of us, the pandemic has been really difficult,” Martin explained. According to the county’s official website, “this prize will allow Harrison County to aid some of the people who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.” “Only two counties in the state have received this money,” says the author.

Those who qualify can get up to 12 months of rent assistance, plus an additional three months of forwarding payments, for a total of 15 months of rental support, as well as assistance with utilities when permitted by the program guidelines.

In response to COVID-19, the Open Doors Homeless Coalition is pleased to provide emergency rental assistance for Harrison County households who have fallen behind on their rent. “We look forward to providing emergency rental assistance to Harrison County households who have fallen behind on their rent,” said Mary Simons, executive director of the Open Doors Homeless Coalition. This is a fantastic opportunity to support individuals, families, and landlords in our community in recovering from the economic effects of the epidemic, which has been devastating to our area.

Applicants must meet the following standards in order to be considered for assistance:

Please check with your landlord to see whether they’ve already started the procedure with the Open Doors Homeless Coalition if you’ve fallen behind on your rent and have been affected by COVID-19. If this is the case, they will schedule a time for us to meet with you and for them to gather the necessary papers from you. If your landlord has not yet contacted us, please call 228-604-8011 and leave a clear message with a call-back number on the answering machine. After returning your call, we will ask you a series of questions to determine your eligibility for assistance, and if you qualify, we will set up an appointment for you to bring in your documents.

Your household income must be less than $48,700 for a family of four and less than $34,100 for an individual to qualify. If you are unemployed, please make sure you have one month’s worth of paystubs or documentation of your unemployment benefits on hand. If you get SSI or any other type of government assistance, keep a copy of your benefits letter on hand. We require income information for each and every member of the family. If you do not have any income, we will have a form for you to sign.
Please bring any documentation demonstrating that your condition was caused by the epidemic to the appointment. You must write an explanation of your difficulty and how it is related to COVID-19 if you do not have any supporting proof.
We’ll need a copy of your lease, as well as your landlord’s signature on a couple of documents. If you are eligible for assistance, we will contact both you and your landlord to finish the application and landlord screening process. Rent checks will be made payable to the landlord on your behalf, and you will not be responsible for them.

For more information, call 228-604-8011 (toll-free). In the event that you do not reside in Harrison County but want emergency rental assistance, please complete an application at www.ms-ramp.com.

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