The federal eviction moratorium protecting households who have been unable to pay rent due to COVID-19 ends on July 31, but those who are receiving unemployment or have a COVID-related hardship can apply for rent and utility assistance through the Arkansas Rent Relief Program at arkansas.gov.
The Arkansas Rent Relief Program offers financial help to pay overdue and upcoming rent and utilities for eligible Arkansas renters. Landlords who have tenants unable to pay their rent because of lost income or the COVID-19 pandemic also may apply. The state of Arkansas has $173 million of federal funding for this program. Once an application is approved, money would go directly to landlords and utilities companies.
Fifty-nine low- to moderate-income households received emergency rent assistance between March and July through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded program administered by Ouachita Behavioral Health and Wellness. CDBG funding for this homelessness prevention program of $100,000, provided under the 2020 CARES Act, has all been used. The United Way's Charity Tracker software was used to ensure applicants were not scheduled to receive the same benefits from other sources, and all payments were made directly to landlords for faster financial relief.
Garland County residents can pick-up an application for rent and utility assistance outside the Garland County Community Services Office (CSO) at 600 West Grand Avenue, Suite 200.