With many renters falling behind in their rent due to job loss or Covid-related issues, Open Doors is stepping in with immediate action to help keep residents in place at properties in Atlanta.

On October 21, Open Doors piloted a new rent relief outreach program to help residents navigate the application process and encourage them to apply for help. “We’re going out to our properties and meeting with residents to assist them in applying for rent relief,” says Executive Director, Matt Hurd. “Our staff assisted 17 households with completing their applications for rent relief. This is a win-win approach as it results in assistance for households in need while also making sure our property partners can get past due rent paid and keep their tenants housed.”

The Open Doors team has discovered that there are sources of rent relief monies available but tenants are often unaware or unsure of how to request these funds. According to a recent article by the Washington Post, faculty at the Georgia State University law school studied how more than 900 courts handled evictions during the pandemic. Many renters said they were unaware that the CDC eviction moratorium existed and had no idea they could have prevented their eviction by applying for these funds.

“We plan to roll this outreach program to many of our property partners through the end of the year,” says Matt. “This is another way Open Doors can quickly identify gaps in the housing continuum and nimbly provide solutions that benefit all our partners.”