During today’s press conference, Geordie Newman from the Washington County Community Action Council (CAC) addressed the public regarding funding assistance opportunities available to individuals in the community. Please see below for how the CAC can financially assist citizens.
CAC has received significant funding from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act through City, County, State, and Federal sources to assist low-income households in Washington County who have fallen behind in the expenses listed below, due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Rent (no court order of eviction necessary, but verification of amount owed from landlord is required)
- Water / sewer
This funding can only assist with bills which were accrued after April 1, 2020.
Although there are currently moratoriums on evictions and utility terminations, it is absolutely necessary to seek assistance now as the balances of all delinquencies will eventually come due.
Applicants for assistance must be able to demonstrate the past due bills are a result of circumstances surrounding COVID-19, such as:
- Loss of employment
- Reduction of hours
- Personally contracting COVID-19
Specific documents (CDBG-CV Self Certification Form FY21, COVID-19 Declaration of Hardship Form, & CAC COVID-19 Document Checklist) which will need to be completed to receive assistance may be found at: http://www.wccac.org/covid-19-resources/ .
CAC urges anyone who is interested in assistance to reach out to us as soon as possible while this funding is available.
The goal of providing this funding is to keep residents of Washington County safely and stably housed with connected utilities. As well as to provide area landlords and utility providers with the money they are owed.
This funding is not able to assist with utility bills owed to a municipality (City of Hagerstown, Town of Williamsport, etc.) CAC has other funding sources available to assist with this and will follow our regular procedures in providing help in these situations.