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ADOBE STOCK PHOTO OUT OF REACH? — Rents in DeLand and around West Volusia have risen in recent years, threatening the affordability of quality housing for low- and middle-income individuals.

Volusia County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program has funds available to assist households that have experienced financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households may receive up to nine months of rental and utility arrears and three months of forward assistance.

The funds are left over from a previous federal grant that was not entirely utilized.

Applications will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. At that time, county residents may submit an application online at www.volusia.org/era. Income limits and a list of required documents are posted on the page.

The county will close the application window after receiving 500 applications to ensure assistance is available for all accepted applicants. The maximum number of applications will likely be received quickly, so Community Assistance staff encourages applicants to gather their required documents in advance.

If you are currently receiving Emergency Rental Assistance or have previously applied for it, you do not need to reapply.

For those in West Volusia needing assistance with the application, navigators will be available the morning of Jan. 12 at the DeLand and Deltona regional libraries; the DeBary Public Library; and the Emergency Rental Assistance office, 121 W. Rich Ave. in DeLand.

Landlords may apply on behalf of their tenants if they send an email to era@volusia.org with their contact information.

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— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews

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