The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners recently allocated $4.5 million for renters in the county. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program will distribute COVID-19 relief funds to eligible residents who are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the pandemic.

MUST Ministries, which will help administer the program, expects to begin accepting applications within the next couple of weeks.

Those needing immediate assistance are encouraged to apply for rent and utility relief through MUST Ministries’ Emergency Assistance Program. This program is different from the ERAP and is offered by MUST Ministries in partnership with the county. The maximum amount of rental assistance available through the Emergency Assistance Program is $5,472, with money provided using Community Development Block Grant funds. Renters can apply for rent and utility relief for up to three months and may contact MUST’s call center at 770-790-3926 or 770-790-3927 for additional program information.

“Assistance through the current (Emergency Assistance Program) does not preclude residents from getting assistance from the forthcoming program; however, relief cannot be duplicated to cover rent/utilities from the same month,” Community Services Agency Director Bryan Reynolds said in a news release. “For instance, if a resident receives assistance for their March 2020 rent payment, they cannot apply to the new program for rental arrears for the same month.”

For more information and program updates, visit

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