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MONROE – Union County is accepting applications from residents impacted by COVID-19 and need assistance paying their rent or utility bills.

The county received $7.23 million in federal COVID-19 Economic Relief funding to establish its Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

The program is open to renters living in Union County who have a household income 80% or less of the area median income and have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

Renters are also able to receive assistance with utilities, including electricity, water/sewer, trash removal, natural gas, propane, fuel oil and internet. Households may receive up to 12 months of assistance.

“We know there is a great need among our residents for this assistance, as the number of families we have served since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased,” said Stephanie Starr, director of community support and outreach. “This federal funding allows us another way to help families impacted by COVID-19, so they don't have to choose between paying rent and buying groceries.”

Visit unioncountync.gov/ERAP to apply and find out eligibility criteria.

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