Eviction Protection Fund Increased By Arlington County

Its existing eviction protection fund has been increased by Arlington County, Virginia, by another $1.1 million. It has also launched a pilot program to distribute grocery store gift cards to county residents who are in need. The additional funds have been approved by the county board from its COVID-19 contingent account for eviction protection through December for those affected by the pandemic.

According to wtop.com, “Those needing eviction protection assistance can apply for aid through the Arlington County Department of Human Services. During the fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30, Arlington County reports 1,555 households applied for eviction prevention assistance, for a total of $2.7 million in aid. The average payment was $1,001.”

As per wtop.com, “Arlington County also approved a new food security coordinator at the Department of Human Services and will distribute grocery gift cards through its nonprofit network. The county has allocated $400,000 for the gift cards. The Arlington Community Foundation may contribute another $200,000, which the county said would make it possible to serve up to 500 families for six months, at $200 per month.”

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