City of Temple – United Way
CDBG CV Rent, Utility and Mortgage Assistance Program
The City of Temple is receiving a special allocation to the Community Development Block Grant
funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Corona virus (COVID-19). This
allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security Act (CARES Act),
Public Law 116-136, which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, to respond to the
growing effects of this historic health crisis. Grantees received guidance describing the
immediate availability of waivers uncapped percentage of CDBG funding for public services to
prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, as well as other flexibilities. This is the first
allocation of this type of funding. HUD is developing a formula to allocate a second round of
CARES Act funding soon.
The purpose of this fund is to help city residents who are enduring financial hardship and are
unable to make their regular rental, utilities, and/or mortgage payments due to COVID-19. The
grant will be for up to three (3) months to aid and alleviate the housing burden for low income
households that have lost employment income as the result to the pandemic. The assistance
amount will depend on household needs.
COVID-19 Assistance Program will pay missed rent, mortgage, and/or utilities from COVID-19
related loss of wages. Rent, utilities, and/or mortgage arrearages prior to March 31, 2020 are
not eligible. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only completed
applications that include all required attachments will be reviewed for eligibility.
Therefore, it is very important to submit a COMPLETE application package as soon as
Payments will be made directly to landlords, mortgage companies, and utility companies.
Property owners/landlords must agree to participate in the program. Landlords/property owners
cannot be part of household.
Applicants who are receiving assistance from another federally funded grant program are not
eligible for an emergency payment through the COVID-19 program. This includes, but not limited
to, other CARES Act programs and Section 8 assistance.