Gateway Center is pleased to provide additional financial support to individuals and families in need of assistance with sustaining their housing during COVID-19.  This program was made available through funding provided by the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which was made possible through a partnership between the City of Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta.

 

What is the purpose of the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Fund?

The City of Atlanta has implemented an initiative to support families negatively affected by COVID-19 through the allocation of $22 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA) administers the program in collaboration with local nonprofits to disperse the funds into the community. The Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Fund is a program that provides financial assistance for rent, utilities, and security deposits. This program seeks to fill the gaps for individuals and families who have lost income due to COVID-19.

Individuals and families who will benefit from this homeless prevention program will include households within the City of Atlanta who are in jeopardy of losing their homes due to a reduction of income due to unemployment or large unexpected medical expenses linked to COVID-19.

 

How can I apply for the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program?

Please apply for the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program by completing the application at the following link: https://relief.uwga.org/.

You will be required to upload all of your documentation to your application through the application link. If all required documents are not uploaded, your application will not be accepted. If you need assistance with completing the online application, Gateway Center will provide opportunities for in person assistance with at our main office located at 275 Pryor St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Our main office is centrally located in in South Downtown Atlanta and is easily accessible by Marta rail or bus. Our facility is handicap accessible.  Call our Emergency Rental Assistance Program at 404-215-6611 to speak with a Financial Assistance Specialist and schedule in person assistance.  Appointments are not required but are strongly encouraged.

 

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • Your place of residence must be within the city limits of Atlanta, GA.
  • Your place of residence must be a rental property, single or multi-family unit.
  • You must provide documentation verifying that you are unable to pay a portion of or the full past due rent and/or utilities or are unable to pay a security deposit due to a recent loss of income (job loss, furlough, reduced work hours to care for child(ren).
  • You must demonstrate a need for assistance due to COVID-19.
  • You must have a current executed lease and, as the applicant, be listed on the lease agreement (unless applying for security deposit assistance).
  • You cannot receive any other rental subsidy (e.g. Housing Choice Voucher, Family Unification Voucher, VASH, Mainstream Voucher, Project-Based Section 8, Public Housing, HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance, Continuum of Care, etc.).
  • You must demonstrate that you could pay your rent in full before COVID-19, and you must have the ability to pay your rent in full during the assistance period (up to 3 months) if you receive assistance under this program.
  • You must have a gross monthly household income that did not exceed 60% of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Metro Area Median Income, as reflected in the chart below based on household size before March 1, 2020. Your household income must remain within the program limits during the assistance period for continued participation.

 

Prepare your documentation:

  • Layoff, furlough, or termination letter from your former employer, effective after March 1, 2020.
  • Letter from employer (or other documentation) indicating reduced work hours/income after March 1, 2020.
  • Past due bill (late or eviction notice, gas, electric, and self-declaration of COVID-19’s impact on bills.
  • Income verification (ALL of the following, if applicable, are required for each adult member of the household unless they are a dependent and/or a full-time student):
    • Check/paystubs for the past four (4) months. The paycheck stub must have the year-to-date gross income listed. If you are paid in cash or by personal check, you must provide a letter from your employer stating your year to date pay (that is, you must show how much money you have earned since January 1, 2020). Your employer’s letter must be on company letterhead with the employer’s phone number, email address, and fax number for verification.
    • Letter from current and/or past employer documenting income.
    • Self-employment record books for the last six (6) months.
    • Award letters from pensions, military allotments, and education loans may be provided as proof of income or expenses.
    • All income for the household (wages, unemployment benefits, SSI, child support, alimony, investment income, and retirement income [including pensions], etc.).
    • Bank statements for the past 90 days (checking and savings accounts) if you are unable to provide income verification from any other source.
    • Proof of applying for unemployment benefits (or a statement indicating why you are not eligible).
    • Proof of unemployment benefits, if applicable.

Gateway Center will take reasonable steps to provide limited English proficient (LEP) persons with meaningful access to the Rental Assistance Program. Language assistance will be provided through bilingual staff, staff interpreters, local organizations providing translation services, or telephonic interpretation via Language Line Services.

 

Verification of Residency (ALL of the following are required):

  • Social Security Card for the applicant ONLY; Consulate ID or Passport if applicant does not have social security number.
  • Applicant Photo ID.
  • Current executed lease – applicant’s name must be on the lease.
  • Proof of last two rental payments or landlord ledger of payments.
  • A copy of the documentation received from your landlord stating you are at least one month behind on paying your rent.

Additional information regarding the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Fund can be viewed on the United Way 2-1-1 website.