WEST CHESTER (September 16, 2020) – Chester County will receive an additional $2.6 million in federal funding to provide rental assistance for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, state Senator Andy Dinniman said today.

The funding comes from $80 million recently allocated to the Commonwealth through the Community Development Block Grant Program to provide financial assistance to renters for six months.

The funds were part of $1.988 billion allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from the federal CARES Act.

Dinniman said the support comes at a crucial time as Pennsylvania’s moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent was lifted this month.

“These funds are critical in supporting the housing needs of those severely impacted by the pandemic and at risk of homelessness,” Dinniman said. “But this is not a permanent answer to the looming housing crisis and the legislature must work together to enact innovative and sustainable solutions.”

The block grants focus funds to areas with households facing higher risks of eviction, providing temporary aid that can include covering monthly rental costs for up to six months.  In addition, the program focuses on areas where individuals and industries are seeing high levels of job loss and unemployment and where the risk of transmitting the coronavirus is higher.