INFORMATIONJuly 8, 2020
Office of Communication
Contact: Sherrie Johnson
Emergency Housing Assistance Available for Individuals Impacted by COVID-19
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA – There is help available for people who are having difficulty in paying their mortgage, rent and utility payments due to COVID-19. The Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development is set to distribute funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to eligible households in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park through the Emergency Housing Assistance Program, or EHAP, starting July 1, 2020.
The goal of the program is to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus by providing one-time or short-term assistance to households not to exceed three consecutive months.
The funding for the program, which is available through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act, will go to eligible households who have lost documentable income on or after March 1, 2020, directly related to stay-at-home orders (job loss/reduced hours); being sick or being the sole at-home caregiver for someone sick with COVID-19; required to stay home with their natural/adopted/legal guardian young children due to mandatory daycare and/or school closures, or other documentable reasons.
The combined annual gross income for eligible households cannot exceed 80 percent of the HUD established median income for the Metropolitan Area based upon household size. Eligible households cannot have received assistance from another federal, state, or local agency to pay mortgage/rent or utilities due to loss of income from COVID-19.
Any household wishing to receive financial assistance through the program must apply and provide all required documentation that is necessary to make an eligibility determination. Documentation needed includes, but is not limited to:
- Verification to support a claim of reduction of income, due to loss of employment or health-related issues as related to COVID-19
- Household composition
- Proof of pre-COVID-19 income for all adult household members 30-days before March 1, 2020
- Proof of all income for the last 30 days from date of submission of EHAP or other documentation of monthly income for all adult household members
- Mortgage statement(s)
- Rental lease
- Utility bills
The mortgage company, landlord, and utility company will receive the housing payment on behalf of those approved for assistance.
For information or how to apply for the program visit pwcgov.org/housing. The preferred method of applying is electronically by using the portal available on the website. Other options include downloading the application and submitting it through EHAProgram@pwcgov.org. For those who are unable to apply electronically or need assistance in completing the application process (to address reasonable accommodations), call 703-792-7538.
Prince William County is the second-largest county in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a population of nearly 467,000. A highly-educated, racially and ethnically diverse population makes the county one of the most globally represented communities in the region. AAA Bond Ratings, awarded annually from all three ratings agencies, confirms a commitment to a thriving and robust economy. Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles and includes independent cities and towns, state and federal park properties, and Quantico Marine Corps Base. Steeped in rich history, surrounded by beautiful parks and open space, Prince William County is a community of choice where individuals, families and businesses choose to live, work and play.