Governor John Bel Edwards praises the Biden administration’s new 60-day federal moratorium on evictions in areas of the country ravaged by the Delta variant of COVID-19, a move to protect hundreds of thousands of tenants at risk of being evicted from their homes during a pandemic. Louisiana is currently experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the country, and Governor Edwards emphasizes that tenants and landlords should not wait until the new moratorium expires before seeking help from housing programs. financial aid available statewide.
Louisiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program continues to accept applications. The program focuses on paying overdue rents and utilities from April 2020, up to three months of future rent and current utilities, as well as certain penalties and late fees.
Renters and landlords are encouraged to apply at www.LAStateRent.com or call 877.459.6555 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Tenants must apply even if they only need help with current and future rent.
More than 25,700 residents have started applying for the state program, and a further 37,500 have started applying for programs administered by Caddo, Calcasieu, Baton Rouge East, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, and Saint-Tammany parishes. To date, over $ 61 million in rental assistance has been approved statewide, and that number is growing every day.
“As we fight this deadly new wave of COVID-19 cases, we are grateful for the extra time given to those who still struggle to stay at home during the pandemic,” Governor Edwards said. “First and foremost, if you haven’t already, we urge you to protect yourself, your family and your community by getting vaccinated and complying with the new indoor mask mandate in the UK. statewide. In addition, if you are a tenant in financial difficulty, we encourage you to seek help now available to help you pay your rent and utilities and avoid eviction.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new, smaller order released Tuesday remains in effect until October 3, 2021. The eviction moratorium grants additional time for rent relief to reach tenants and further increase vaccination rates .
For those who have already been evicted or who may already be experiencing homelessness, there are free resources to help find available and affordable rental housing, including www.LAHousingSearch.com; Louisiana Coordinated Housing Access Points www.laboscoc.org/housing-and-services; and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s list of community partners, www.hud.gov/states/louisiana/homeless. Additionally, if a tenant has been evicted but signed a new lease, the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance program may be able to provide assistance for up to three months rent term.