Rent assistance still available though city program

Odessa city residents who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 can still seek financial assistance for rent and mortgage payments through the city’s CDBG CARES Act program.

The city resource is especially important because beginning Saturday a federal moratorium that has protected millions of Americans, including Odessans, from being evicted due to COVID-19 hardship for the past year, expires.

“We believe a significant number of (Odessa residents) will be impacted,” Odessa’s Director of Community and Development and Code Enforcement Merita Sandoval said on Friday. “We’d like to be able to help more people, and have the money to do that if we can get them qualified.”

For more information about applying for the funds, contact Community Development at 432-335-4820.

CDBG CARES funds can be used to help residents with rent, mortgages and utility assistance, Sandoval said. Water bills are not available for assistance.

To qualify for assistance, applicants must be Odessa residents and their need must be tied to COVID, Sandoval said. Funding is income-based, and will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis.