Financial assistance program to help renters, landlords again available

DeKalb County’s Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition (TLAC) program in once again open for applications. The program started back up April 3.

The program, which began in 2021, was designed to provide relief to tenants and landlords affected by the pandemic and to date has distributed $53.7 million for rent and utilities to more than 5,500 DeKalb families, according to officials.

While officials did not state how much funding will be provided to applicants, DeKalb County had approximately $41.3 million in available Emergency Rental Assistance 1 (ERA1) Reallocation grant funds near the end of 2022.

According to the TLAC website, the rent relief program will provide financial assistance to eligible households for the payment of rent, rent arrearage, utilities, utility arrearage and other housing costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Program funds cannot be used for the payment of cable or telephone bills, or for mortgages.

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners said partnerships with DeKalb Magistrate Court, Atlanta Legal Aid, DeKalb Dispute Resolution Center, and the DeKalb Housing Authority has helped TLAC to provide financial relief to renters threatened with eviction and landlords facing revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond called the program “a tremendous success.” By working alongside local nonprofits, DeKalb County officials said more than $61 million has been distributed throughout the county to those who are eligible to help keep residents in their homes.

For applications and instructions to apply to TLAC, visit www.dekalbstatecourt.net/renthelp. To book an in-person appointment, send an email to renthelp@dekalbcountyga.gov or call (404) 371-3201.

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