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Hamilton County receives $10M to provide COVID-19 relief to renters

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 17:03:47-05

NOBLESVILLE — Help is on the way for Hamilton County households that have had trouble paying rent or utilities due to loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials with Hamilton County on Tuesday said the county has received a $10 million emergency rental assistance grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury for COVID-19 assistance.

According to information from the county, county commissioners have selected the Hamilton County Trustee Association to oversee the grant with the funds being administered by the Westfield Washington Township Trustees office.

"We are very proud and excited to have been awarded this grant," Hamilton County Commissioner Christine Altman said. "Not only are renters who lost income due to COVID hurting, but our many landlords are struggling as a result. This grant will assist with lost income and provide the ability to keep renters housed in 2021."

Danielle Carey Tolan, Hamilton County Trustee Association president and Westfield Washington Township Trustee, will oversee and administer the grant to eligible residents and will begin accepting applications this spring.

"One of the main functions of the Township is to provide financial assistance to our residents facing emergency situations," Carey Tolan said. "We are extremely grateful for this funding and providing much-needed COVID-19 relief to our residents in need. The grant does allow us to assist renters with past due rent/utility bills beginning in April 2020."