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Mobile County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program Concludes

Posted on: Feb 11th, 2022 | COVID-19News and AnnouncementsPress Releasesfeatured news

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. – Mobile County’s Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (TERA) program has exhausted its funding and will conclude once the processing of approved payments is completed.

In about 10 months, Mobile County’s TERA program provided more than $22 million in emergency rental assistance to tenants and landlords through this federal program provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Approximately 5,000 individuals, families and landlords were helped during the duration of Mobile County’s TERA program. 

“COVID-19 impacts have destabilized many families and we’re pleased that Mobile County was able to serve as a conduit for these Federal resources that helped so many people who may have otherwise faced eviction,” said Mobile County Commission President Merceria Ludgood.

Mobile County’s program went live March 1, 2021 and was one of the first TERA programs launched in the state of Alabama. Mobile County’s TERA program proceeded at the fastest pace in the state of Alabama.

“Our Grants Department moved quickly to launch this TERA program and worked quickly to get these funds to the tenants and landlords who qualified for emergency rental assistance,” said District 2 Commissioner Connie Hudson.

Mobile County’s TERA program allowed people who may have faced eviction because of pandemic-related circumstances to remain in their homes. Housing stability is proven to be a foundation of strong communities, strong economies and healthy people. Housing stability ensures parents can have a consistent commute to work, children can stay in school, reduces overall and financial stress and enables families to maintain nurturing environments.

“Mobile County’s capacity to successfully acquire and distribute these grant funds locally has done much to keep families in their homes at a time when so many people faced the potential for COVID-related instability,” said District 3 Commissioner Randall Dueitt. 

The Mobile County TERA program stopped accepting applications in December 2021. The application call center is closed.

Those in Mobile County who still need assistance may find information about available resources by calling 2-1-1.

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