Gastonia offers up to $1,500 in rental assistance to those affected by COVID

Gastonia and the Salvation Army want to help those financially impacted by COVID-19 by creating rental assistance opportunities.

“We want to impact the community because we know COVID has hit a lot of people hard,” said Tyler Davis, the city’s neighborhood program administrator. “This aid will help people stay in their homes.”

The City of Gastonia began partnering with the Salvation Army of Gastonia on January 17 to provide an emergency rental assistance program to residents of Gastonia.

Davis says the city saw the need for residents who suffered financial loss due to COVID-19 and wanted to do something to help.

The city will use $100,000 of its community development block grant from CARES Act funding to fund the project.

The program will be administered by the Salvation Army, located at 107 S. Broad St.

The program provides up to $1,500 per month for rental assistance for six months or less.

To be eligible for funding, the following guidelines must be met:

  • Must live within Gastonia city limits.
  • Loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Should be considered a low to moderate income household based on the area median income as defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“We know there is a great need for help in this area and we want to help as many people as possible,” said John Mills, director of social services for the Salvation Army.

Income guidelines require households to meet a specific income limit based on their family size.

Those with an eight-person household must have a total household income of less than $88,950 and those with a one-person household must have a total household income of less than $47,150.

“We also find that people have other issues that they need help with after getting this help and we want everyone to take advantage of our other assistance programs,” Davis said.

The Salvation Army and the City of Gastonia also provide utilities, down payment on housing, and home repair assistance services.

The program will continue throughout the year.

Davis invites residents to apply in line.

Contact Janiya Winchester at 704-869-1842 or [email protected]

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