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Guilford begins $8 million rent-utility assistance program
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Guilford begins $8 million rent-utility assistance program

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GREENSBORO — On Monday, Guilford County launched a $8 million program for people who have struggled to make rent or pay their utilities during the pandemic. 

The program is funded by $7.2 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and $747,000 approved by the Board of Commissioners, according to a news release. 

The program is separate from a similar effort the city of Greensboro is planning and may launch in March.

The Guilford County program applies only to people living outside the Greensboro city limits, including the city of High Point and other smaller cities. 

To be eligible, one or more members of a household: 

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• Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

To prove you are eligible, you must provide: 

• Proof of residency, such as a driver's license or other official document.

• Copy of a rent statement or lease agreement and/or utility bills showing a past-due amount. 

• Verification of household income with proof of financial hardship for the previous two months. These can include paystubs, a letter of termination or furlough and unemployment benefits. 

Contact Richard M. Barron at 336-373-7371 and follow @BarronBizNR on Twitter.

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