Sumary of Protesters blast Georgia for slow pace of rental help:
- ATLANTA (AP) — Scores of housing activists, tenants and lawmakers rallied Tuesday to pressure Georgia officials to speed up the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid aimed at preventing evictions in the state.
- Congress set aside nearly $1 billion in funding to help tenants in Georgia pay past due rent and utility bills during the pandemic, but Georgia has struggled to get the money out.
- The state had distributed less than 10% of the first set of funds by the end of September, according to a report last week by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
- The report singled out Georgia, Ohio, Arizona and Tennessee for their slow disbursement of aid and large populations of renters.
- At Tuesday’s rally in downtown Atlanta, Lajoycelyn Bowles, 43, said she has repeatedly contacted the Georgia Department of Community Affairs — the state agency administering Georgia’s funds— but has never heard back.
- She received an eviction notice this week from her landlord in Lithonia, Georgia.
- It has also added staff and extended working hours to handle an increase in applications since expanding eligibility to the entire state.
- “A complete, accurate, and verifiable application package is required to receive assistance,” and “there is an anticipated 30-day application turnaround for completed submissions,” the agency said.