Additional $10 Million Proposed for Cuyahoga County Rental Assistance Program

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If approved by County Council, the new funding will bring the county’s total contribution to rent relief to just under $30 million

- County Executive Armond Budish is proposing an additional $10 million of federal emergency funding for rent relief to help residents who are having difficulty making rent payments due to the pandemic.

If approved by County Council, the funding will come from federal aid provided to the County through the U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance program; part of the Covid-19 relief package passed by Congress in December. The County’s funding will be administered by CHN Housing Partners, the organization administering the existing Cuyahoga County Rent Relief Fund. The funding would continue the work CHN Housing Partners is already doing to prevent evictions by helping residents who have lost income due to COVID-19 to pay their rent.

“As we have seen in recent news, a court has disallowed the CDC’s moratorium on evictions. While that decision is certain to be appealed, it points out the problem facing millions of renters around the country who have fallen behind in their rent payments,”
said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “The potential for a wave of mass evictions is a looming disaster. We know there is a need for this in the community, so I am asking County Council to add another $10 million to our rent relief program. This would bring the County’s total contribution to rent relief up to about $30 million.”

In 2020, Cuyahoga County contributed $6.8 million of CARES Act funding for the rent relief program. Since January 2021, the County has invested an additional $13 million for rent relief. Pending the additional $10 million being proposed by County Executive Budish, the County’s total contribution for rent relief will be $29.8 million.

“County funding has helped us keep thousands housed during this pandemic,”
said Kevin J. Nowak, executive director of CHN Housing Partners. “We are grateful to Executive Budish and County Council for their continued investment in the housing stability and security of Cuyahoga County families.”

If the funding is approved by Council, eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional 3 months if the grantee determines the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and grantee funds are available.

Residents can apply for rental assistance now at For help applying, residents can call 1-833-377-RENT (7368).