Federal Financing for Rental Assistance Available through the City of Kettering

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The City of Kettering has spent more than $3 million in federal emergency funds through its STAYPUT program to ensure families are not evicted from their homes, and funds are still available.

The city is working with local judges and lawyers to try to get rent assistance to residents before they are evicted. At this point, there is still more than $1 million available to help residents in need, but those funds won’t last forever.

“I just want everyone to know it’s not all and it won’t be here long,” said Angela Rahman, Kettering’s community development manager.

STAYPUT is funded by Montgomery County under the US Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. In total, Kettering has received nearly $4.5 million in federal funding and provides temporary financial assistance to residents struggling to pay for their rental properties.

As of Sunday, 765 Ohioans in Kettering, Centerville, Moraine and Washington Township have been approved. There are still 293 applications on the waiting list.

“We see a lot of people can’t afford their rent increases, but there are no other options that are affordable for them either, we see that everywhere,” says Rahman.

From submitting your application to approval, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to about a month, generally shorter than the eviction process. Kettering can help applicants with rent arrears of 12 months plus three months ahead. Those checks go directly to the landlords.

“It’s a sad and frustrating point we have to make: it’s not a long-term solution, it’s not going to solve the Miami Valley’s housing problems by getting rent assistance,” Rahman said. “There is a need for affordable housing that is not being met, but it was also not being met before the pandemic, so we have to come up with long-term solutions.”

To be eligible for a grant, applications must:

  • Have a low to medium income. A household of two cannot earn more than $53,000 per year.
  • Live in zip codes within the court’s jurisdiction
  • Show COVID-related financial problems that meet US Treasury guidelines
  • Let property owners agree to accept payments.

The deadline for the program is expected at the end of March 2023. For more information, Click here.

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