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The Louisiana Office of Community Development has distributed more than $100 million in federal housing assistance to more than 20,000 residents through the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program, a federally funded COVID-19 relief program.

Funds are still available for eligible residents who apply now. The program focuses on paying past-due rent and utility costs dating from April 2020. It may also cover up to three months of future rent and utilities, as well as some penalties or late fees.

Homeowners financially affected by COVID-19 who are behind on their mortgages may also be eligible for assistance through the Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Fund program.

This program can provide up to $25,000 in mortgage assistance per eligible household through the American Rescue Plan Act, which allocated $146.7 million to Louisiana. To apply or learn more about ERAP and HAF, visit lacovidhousing.com.

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