Elorza announces $1M to aid renters facing evictions due to COVID-19
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)– Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announced that nearly $1 million will be made available to help residents facing evictions because of COVID-19.
The mayor announced the program alongside Providence Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris and representatives from Crossroads Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Center for Justice, and Rhode Island Legal Services at a remote press conference Tuesday morning.
The funds look to provide assistance for emergency housing for those displaced, and will help to ensure legal representation for those facing eviction proceedings.
According to a statement for a city spokesperson, the funds should help retain legal services for 1,000 eviction proceedings. Individuals with legal counsel have a better chance of remaining in their current home, the statement said.
Elorza said the funds will provide relief not just to housing-insecure tenants, but landlords as well.
“We’re investing almost a million dollars to make sure we’re supporting our residents with rental assistance that they can use to pay their landlords, so that their landlords can also make good on their bills, such as utilities and their mortgage as well,” Elorza said.
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