Oakland County launches COVID-19 rent, mortgage, and utility fund

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 16:10:04-04

(WXYZ) — Oakland County is launching a new program to help lower-income families pay their rent, mortgage, or utility payments if they have lost a job or are facing another type of income reduction due to COVID-19.

The Rent, Mortgage & Utility Relief Program for Citizens, which uses federal funding from the CARES Act, would provide one-time grants of up to $15,000 per household.

According to the county, applications for the program can be found at and will be accepted beginning Wednesday through Aug. 31. A second phase begins Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.

Residents of 53 Oakland County communities that participate in the county’s community development block grant program are eligible to apply. Residents of Farmington Hills, Royal Oak, Southfield and Waterford Township are not eligible as those communities receive funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Lake Angelus, Novi Township, Southfield Township and Bingham Farms do not participate in the block grant program.

Applications can be picked up at Oakland County Community & Home Improvement, Oakland Pointe, Suite 1900, 250 Elizabeth Lake Road, Pontiac, Mich., 48341-0414 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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