Nevada tenants have submitted more than 3,000 applications for rental assistance in the first week of a program that uses federal funds to pay up to three months of overdue payments, but they haven’t depleted the available aid.
The Nevada State Treasurer’s Office said on Monday that 3,085 applications were turned in statewide as of Friday. That includes 1,963 submitted through a network of 14 different agencies in Clark County, 688 to the Reno Housing Authority and 434 to the Nevada Rural Housing Authority.
Officials say there are still significant funds available to people in need. The state portion of the program has enough for about 15,000 months of rental payments, and the majority of applicants are asking for two to three months of assistance.
Payments to landlords are expected to begin over the next two weeks.
Funding comes from the federal CARES Act. On top of $30 million provided through the state, Clark County is applying another $30 million to the program.
To be eligible, applicants must have missed payments because of reasons related to COVID-19, and must not make more than 120 percent of the area median income.
Applications are available at housing.nv.gov.
Nevada implemented an eviction moratorium in March, but landlords will be allowed to resume evictions on tenants for nonpayment of rent in September. As the fiscal effects of the pandemic persist, some fear a wave of evictions when the moratorium lifts.
The Guinn Center for Policy Priorities estimates that between 118,000 to 142,000 households could struggle to pay their rent by September, and unpaid rent in Nevada could reach $1.1 billion if unemployment among renters remains at 38 percent.