Hamilton Co. discusses CARES Act update

Hamilton Co. discusses CARES Act update

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus gave an update on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

She reported that the board of county commissioners will be taking up legislation to increase funding to the county’s COVID-19 rental assistance program from $3.5M to $7M, due to high demand.

It was aimed to provide help to 1,200 renting households, but on the first day, there were 2,000 requests for assistance.

“So many in Hamilton County are struggling right now to pay their rent and utilities due to lost income from COVID19” said Driehaus. “This assistance will allow families to stay in their homes and avoid eviction.”

The county will pay up to three months’ rent and utility payments with a maximum of $2,500 for households at or below 80% of the Area Median Income, they said.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 8,633 coronavirus cases, an increase from 613 last week, and 233 deaths, and increase of 14.

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