An online application portal is now open for Cherokee County residents to apply for rental assistance.

MUST Ministries launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Program on behalf of Cherokee County Monday.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved allocating $4.5 million received from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to MUST Ministries to distribute relief funds to eligible residents in March. This money was part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 legislation, which included an allocation of $25 billion to states and local governments to help with rent, utilities and other housing-related expenses.

Applicants must reside in Cherokee County and will need to meet requirements highlighted by the act, including income requirements, unemployment qualification and proof of hardship related to COVID-19. Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional three months if it is determined that the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and funds are available. The funding amounts will be determined by household income and total monthly rent and utilities, with all monies paid out directly to landlords and utility companies on behalf of the renter.

To apply for this program, visit www.mustministries.org/cherokee-co. For more information, call 770-790-3926 or 770-790-3927.

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