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Grants available for tenants facing homelessness

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26 July 2021

Image of people holding a small house in their handsPowys tenants who are building up rent arrears because of the pandemic and find themselves at risk of homelessness may be eligible for a grant.

The Tenancy Hardship Grant is a Welsh Government funding scheme which is intended to reduce homelessness by helping tenants in the private rented sector to pay their overdue rent.

As with many Covid grants, Powys County Council will be processing the applications and making the payments.

The scheme does not currently include council housing, so tenants must be paying full market rent to a private landlord or a housing association to qualify for the grant.

Eligible tenants must have built up at least 8 weeks' worth of rent arrears between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021, and the financial hardship must be a consequence of the pandemic.

The council will inform applicants if they are successful and the grant will be paid directly to the landlord or agent to which the rent is owed.

Anyone in receipt of the Tenancy Saver Loan will be contacted by their credit union soon and arrangements can be made to convert the loan into a grant.

Councillor Iain McIntosh, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "Many households have seen their utility and food bills surge during the pandemic as a result of people spending more time at home.

"At the same time, many have had their income reduced as another consequence of Covid. This harsh reality is leaving many Powys tenants struggling to make ends meet and unable to keep on top of their rent.

"The Tenancy Hardship Grant is a lifeline that will settle missed rent payments, and it also goes some way in addressing the hardship that many landlords have felt throughout the pandemic.

"I urge all those eligible to apply for the funds so that the debt can be resolved and they can have some much-needed peace of mind."

To read the full guidance and apply for the Tenancy Hardship Grant, please visit https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/11367/Tenancy-Hardship-Grant

If you need help to apply or want to know more about which grants and benefits you could be eligible for, please call the council on 01597 826345.

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