Organization offering help to low income households impacted by COVID-19

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – HARCATUS has been awarded three grants from the Ohio Development Services Agency totaling more than $2 million dollars designed to help low income households.  

These grants are designed to provide home relief assistance to low income households who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Assistance may include rent, mortgage, and some forms of utility assistance. Each grant has specific eligibility requirements.

Since receiving the first Coronavirus Home Relief grant on November 1, 2020, HARCATUS has provided over $619,500 in assistance to eligible residents of Harrison, Carroll, and Tuscarawas Counties. Over 270 low-income households in HARCATUS’ three-county service area, have received assistance with rent, mortgage, and utility payments to help provide relief from the financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

HARCATUS encourages renters and homeowners in the area to contact the Agency’s Family Support Offices located in each County to see if they might be eligible for help.  Low-income households financially impacted by COVID-19 may be able to receive assistance with past due rent, mortgage, and utilities. HARCATUS Home Relief programs will run through December 31st, 2021, or until funding has been expended, whichever comes first.

HARCATUS’ Family Support Staff will process all Home Relief applications via telephone appointments. Applicants will need to provide information on household income, pandemic-related circumstances, and rent/mortgage/utility paperwork.  Applicants will be able to provide any needed documents via electronic means or at drop boxes located at each Family Support Office.

Landlords, mortgage companies, and utility providers will be asked to provide verification of amounts due including any past payments.

HARCATUS Community Services Director JoEllen Sanders says “We are excited to learn that we have funds to continue to help our fellow community members who are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19. I am extremely proud of HARCATUS staff for their hard work in implementing these new programs and thankful to the community for being patient with us as we work through a great influx in the number of people applying for help. While Home Relief programs are an important part in helping our community during these challenging times, I think it is important to remind folks that HARCATUS has many different programs, year-round, that can assist other community needs.”

To find out more about the services HARCATUS provides as well as the details about what you need to qualify for Home Relief, please visit the Agency website at www.harcatus.org or call your county HARCATUS Family Support Office. Harrison County (740) 942-8886, Carroll County (330) 627-4101 or Tuscarawas County (330) 343-8770.

HARCATUS is a non-profit Community Action Agency and an Equal Opportunity employer and service provider. HARCATUS’ mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families by minimizing the effects of poverty, promoting self-sufficiency, and advocating for positive change.

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