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Assistance available to Lycoming County renters, landlords

Lycoming County landlords and renters can apply for funding made available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

The program, announced by County Commissioner Scott Metzger this week, is the result of legislation passed by the state freeing up funding for eligible recipients.

Rachelle Abbott, chief operations and planning officer, STEP, Inc., said applicants can contact her agency about the program.

Last year, STEP administered the CARES Rental Relief Funds in 2020 to 211 recipients amounting to $633,000, she said.

The county’s funding allocation for this year amounts to $7.45 million.

“Currently, STEP has been keeping a waiting list until more information about the funding is released,” she stated.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 included funding for states to establish the rental assistance programs with Pennsylvania receiving approximately $569 million to administer assistance to renters, landlords, and utility providers impacted by COVID-19 and economic insecurity.

This month, Gov. Wolf signed the bill into law.

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