Additional $9.9M in rental assistance available in Richland County.

Richland County has been awarded an additional $9.9 million in federal funding to help renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county approved more than $10 million in aid requests through its Emergency Rental Assistance Program, enacted last December and launched in April. A second round of funding became available through a similar federal program enacted in March.

"We understand there is still significant need for additional rental assistance," Mike King, Richland County assistant director of emergency services, said in a news release from the county. "We are pleased to have been allocated additional funds, which will allow us to continue the program into the near future."

The programs provide up to 12 months of rental and utility assistance, plus an additional three months if funds are available and determined by the county to be necessary to ensure housing stability. Applicants for the second round of funding could qualify for up to 18 months of assistance, according to the release.

"I am proud of the efforts of Mike King and our ERAP team, and I am...

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