As I shared last week, selectmen have been working with other Town officials to put in place a Rent/Mortgage Assistance program. Yesterday, the Town issued the official application.
The program is open to households (including individuals) residing in Southborough for at least six months. To be eligible, your income must have been reduced by the pandemic, and you can’t already be receiving government-funded rental assistance. (There are also household income limits.)
The final deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 1st. But eligible residents will want to act quicker than that, since applications are accepted on a rolling basis while funds are available.
The Town planned to set aside $25,000 to front the payments. Selectmen did indicate that they may be willing to increase that if they determine a greater need.
The intent is for the funds given out by the Town to be reimbursed by the federal government through the CARES Act. (For more background, including how the Town plans to manage the process, see my previous post here.)
Funds can be used for up to two months rental or mortgage assistance. (Amounts are capped based on the dwelling size.) They can be used on past due payments, but can’t be used on mortgage escrow or homeowner’s insurance.
Click here for the detailed criteria and application. The announcement notes that residents who have questions or need help completing the form should reach out to Sarah Cassell, Director of Youth and Family Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-481-5676 x. 5.