Emergency Rental, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program Ends in Mesa

~ The City of Mesa's Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program (ERAP) has come to a close, with all funds allocated. The program, created in 2020 in response to the financial impact of COVID-19 on City residents, made a huge difference in the community, helping more than 9,500 households prevent eviction and possible homelessness.

Mary Brandon, City of Mesa Community Services Deputy Director, expressed her gratitude for the direct federal funding that was used to help both renters and landlords with rent and utility payments when they were financially impacted by the pandemic. She also thanked the many City and temporary employees who helped make ERAP a success.

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Mesa began allocating federal funding in July 2020 to help low-income residents financially impacted by COVID. Over $56 million was distributed through February 2023 for rent, utilities and mortgage assistance. Numerous emails and letters of gratitude were received from those who benefited from ERAP assistance.

Amy said she "literally started crying" when she received an email about the assistance she had been granted. Elizabeth expressed her "heartfelt thanks" for the help she received while Renee said she was "very grateful at the bottom of my heart" for what ERAP had done for her family.

Though ERAP has ended, there are still other rental assistance programs available through the City of Mesa's Public Housing Authority as well as local nonprofit organizations such as A New Leaf, Save the Family and Mesa United Way that can provide assistance to prevent homelessness or eviction. For more information on ERAP statistics, visit their data dashboard online.

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