Since the launch of ERAP in March, the city and Restore Hope have successfully distributed nearly $4 million in rental and utilities assistance to more than 1,000 households affected directly or indirectly by COVID-19 who have had difficulty paying rent and utilities since April 1.
In addition to ERAP, the Tulsa’s Gold Star Landlord Program has provided incentives and rewards for landlords and property managers who engage in the best rental practices. Currently, there are more than 12 Gold Star landlords in Tulsa.
Katie Dilks, executive director of the Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation, said an estimated $30 million in rental assistance has helped both tenants and property owners.
City and county stakeholders had made a commitment earlier this year to help residents pay overdue rents and utility bills with funding from the $900 billion COVID-relief bill approved by Congress last December.
“The extension buys us valuable time while we work with partners to get rental assistance to landlords and coordinate additional supports with the court,” said Becky Gligo, executive director of Housing Solutions Tulsa, in a statement. “We will continue to advocate for solutions that work for both landlords and tenants.”
The extra time also allows for the thousands of rental assistance applications already on the books to be processed and gives officials chances to inform the public about existing programs and groups that furnish aid.
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