The federal rental assistance program known as CHAP, the Cares Housing Assistance Program, will be coming to an end for many in Clark County in January 2023.
According to an article written by KTNV Staff and posted on KTNV.com, Clark County officials announced on Thursday, December 30, that the rental assistance program will no longer be accepting applications as of January 23, 2023. At that time, only households which meet certain qualifications may become eligible for CHAP rental assistance.
Per the KTNV.com article, those qualifications include:
- “At least one member of a household is living on a fixed income (e.g., Social Security, VA benefits, or pensions).”
- “Have experienced a rent increase within the 12-month period prior to the date of application.”
- “Received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent.”
- “Experienced a recent change in circumstances that has resulted in an inability to pay rent.”
Now that life after the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to return to pre-pandemic conditions, the CHAP federal rental assistance program will transition back to helping the most vulnerable in our community remain in their homes. Lower-income families and households in Clark County who are facing eviction for non-payment of rent will become the focus of the program.
The CHAP rental assistance program was a major lifeline for many people in Southern Nevada when the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down in 2020. Since that time, the Clark County Cares Housing Assistance Program “has allocated more than $375 million to provide rental assistance to more than 70,000 local households and utility assistance to 60,000 households,” per the KTNV.com article.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.