New application period ending for program helping tenants, landlords

Less than two months after re-opening access to the Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition (TLAC) program, DeKalb County officials announced the application will be closing.

The last day to apply for the program will be May 31.

Officials said they are closing the open window for new applications due to “the limited amount of remaining funds and the large number of pending applications.”

“Since reopening on April 3, 2023, the TLAC program has received approximately 1,100 applications for rental assistance,” said officials. “Those tenants and landlords who already have in-person appointments scheduled and/or submitted completed applications will still be considered for the remaining TLAC funds.”

The program began in 2021 and was designed to provide relief to tenants and landlords affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the TLAC website. To date more than $53.7 million for rent and utilities to more than 5,500 DeKalb families has been distributed, stated officials.

While officials did not specify how much funding will be provided to applicants, DeKalb County had approximately $41.3 million in available Emergency Rental Assistance 1 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.

For more information about the DeKalb Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition program, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/renthelp or call 404-371-3201.

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