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Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program expands to help landlords

25 September 2020 State News Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


Gov. Ralph Northam yesterday announced the expansion of Virginia’s Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which first launched at the end of June.

Landlords can now apply to receive financial assistance for current and past-due rental payments on behalf of their tenants. This new application is available in addition to the existing tenant-based application. 

Current state and federal eviction protections through the courts do not prevent rent and mortgage payments from accumulating. A news release from the Northam administration says the state is focused on helping eligible households and property owners access resources to maintain housing stability during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers the RMRP program through approximately 30 local and regional housing-related agencies throughout the state. Virginia Housing, the state’s housing finance agency, has partnered with DHCD to manage landlord-initiated applications. 

Eligible households must demonstrate difficulty in making rent or mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monthly rent must be at or below 150% of Fair Market Rent (FMR) and eligible households must have a gross household income at or below 80% of area median income (AMI).

To submit a landlord-initiated application, visit virginiahousing.com/RMRP. Tenants interested in applying should visit dhcd.virginia.gov/eligibility to conduct a self assessment for eligibility or call 211 VIRGINIA by dialing 2-1-1 from your phone.

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