Mesa launches COVID-19 rent and utility assistance program
Feb 6, 2021, 6:30 AM | Updated: Feb 7, 2021, 9:33 am
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PHOENIX — The City of Mesa is accepting applications for an emergency rental and utility assistance program to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release.
Residents of Mesa who went through a significant life-changing event such as loss of a job, reduced hours and medical expenses qualify for assistance if their household monthly gross income is at or below 80% of the median depending on the number of people in the house.
Priority is given to applicants who have any household member unemployed for the last 90 days or longer due to the pandemic or the total household income is at or below 50% of the area median income.
Those eligible can apply online.
“Many people in Mesa are still facing serious financial challenges nearly a year after the pandemic began,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said in the release.
“The rent and utility assistance provided through this program will offer much-needed relief to renters and homeowners most at risk.”
Applicants to the program must have documentation including a photo ID, proof of income for all household members for the last 60 days and a current lease agreement and utility bill, according to the release.
Residents who need assistance can visit the Mesa Community Action Network on 635 N. Broadway Road, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., call (480) 644-5440 or email ERAPinfo@mesaaz.gov.
The program is funded through the U.S. Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and is aimed to prevent eviction and homelessness.