Forsyth County residents who have fallen behind on rent or utilities as a result of the pandemic can now apply in-person for financial assistance.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is open to all renters financially affected by the pandemic with a household income of 80 percent or less of the area's median. That varies by household size but is about $55,000 for a family of four. These income limits were recently raised.

The program is designed to help with rent and utilities such as electricity, water, and internet service.

The Forsyth County Department of Social Services has set up an Emergency Rental Assistance Program application lab at its office on Highland Avenue. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be made online. Walk-ins will be accepted, but those with appointments will have priority.

Applicants should bring an ID, proof of income, lease agreement, any bills or eviction notices, and a statement or proof of financial hardship.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, at the end of March, 6.4 million American households were behind on their rent. 

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