Updated 9/22/2021 5:23 pm
Real help for West Virginia renters is here! The Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program is now open and accepting applications. If you are a renter who is struggling to pay rent or utilities because of financial hardship during or due to the Coronavirus, you may be eligible for assistance.
Real help for West Virginia Landlords is here! The Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program is now open and accepting applications. If your tenants are struggling with rent or utility payments during or due to Coronavirus, they may be eligible for rental assistance – with rental payments sent directly to you.
Not all renters are eligible for assistance. In general, the program is designed to assist West Virginia residential renters with annual income of no more than *80 percent of area median income (AMI); and
One or more household members has qualified for unemployment benefits, experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due directly or indirectly to the coronavirus outbreak; and
One or more household members are at risk of homelessness or housing instability such as a past due utility or rent notice or an eviction notice.
Click the “View/Download” button below to view the median income limits as they apply to the county in which you live and the number of persons in your household. If your annual income exceeds the AMI for your county and household size, you are not eligible for the program.
Households receiving ongoing State, federal, or local subsidy (e.g. Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance) may be eligible to receive assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent or utilities under certain circumstances.
If you’re a renter struggling to pay your rent or utilities – because of financial hardship during or due to the coronavirus – you may be eligible for assistance through the Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program.
Eligible Expenses may include:
- Past due and current rent beginning April 1, 2020 and up to three months forward rent a maximum of 18 months’ rental assistance
- Past due and current water, sewer, gas, electric and home energy costs such as propane for a maximum of 18 months’ utility assistance
- A one-time $300 stipend for internet expenses so you can use the internet for distance learning, telework, telemedicine and/or to obtain government services
- Relocation expenses – security deposits, application fees, utility deposit/connection fees
- Eviction Court costs
- Recovery Housing Program fees
Generally, rental payments, recovery housing program fees and relocation expenses will be made directly to the landlord and utility payments will be made directly to the utility company on behalf of the household.
PLEASE NOTE – Expenses that have already been paid are not eligible for reimbursement.
There is no cap on the amount of assistance provided, however, households are only eligible for 18 months of assistance for rental and utility expenses.
Assistance will be prioritized to households with incomes of no more than **50 percent of AMI and to households in which one or more household member is unemployed and has been unemployed for 90 days. Applications for those who have received an eviction notice or utility disconnect notice or disconnection will also be prioritized.
YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE MOUNTAINEER RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IF:
- You own the home you live in.
- Your household income exceeds *80% of the HUD Area Median Income (AMI) limits for 2020
- Other eligibility requirements may apply.
DUPLICATION OF BENEFITS
Mountaineer Rental Assistance is not intended to duplicate any other assistance that you may receive. Expenses that are paid by another federal, state, or local program are not eligible.
DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION
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If you would like to receive a paper application for the Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program, please fill out the following form. We will then send you the application and a self-addressed prepaid envelope. Once you have completed the application and gathered the proper information, please mail the application back to us using the envelope we sent you.