NOCAC funding available for households

Staff report

The Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission has announced available funds to assist households impacted by COVID-19 and behind on rent, mortgage, and/or water and sewer utility bills.

Assistance is available for past due payments back to April 1, with a possibility of additional support through Dec. 30. Households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and that have fallen behind on rent payments, mortgage payments, water bills, and/or sewer bills are encouraged to contact NOCAC to submit an application for assistance.

Funds are available for a limited time, and applicants are encouraged to reach out early. The program ends Dec. 30.

“We are pleased to have this resource available to help our community maintain safe and healthy housing as we recover from the economic fallout from COVID-19,” said Deborah Gerken, NOCAC executive director. “Though the funds are available for a short time, this new resource and NOCAC’s experience administering similar programs will help members of our communities recover from hardships caused by COVID-19.”

Governor Mike DeWine announced the availability of funds during a joint press conference with members of the General Assembly. The funding is part of the CARES Act stimulus package. Households experiencing challenges in paying past due payments should contact NOCAC at 419-599-2481 to learn more or visit access an application.

NOCAC may also be able to assist with gas and electric bills or bulk fuel through other funding sources, such as the HEAP Winter Crisis Program.

“Though the eviction moratorium by the Centers for Disease Control has prevented some residential evictions for non-payment of rent and mortgage bills, late fees are still accumulating,” Gerken said . “This funding will make an immediate impact by keeping families in their homes now and will prevent future evictions.”

NOCAC provides services in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams counties.

Staff report