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DC Microgrants Out This Week, Rent Program Announced

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Small businesses will be informed if they qualified for DC’s microgrants program between April 29 and May 8, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said at her Monday Situational update. The microgrants were one piece of District economic relief addressed by Bowser at the April 29th COVID-19 Situational update, which also focused on rent relief and questions about monthly billing for services prohibited by the public health emergency….

Low-income families will soon be able to apply for assistance paying their rent. The Department of Housing and Community Development is developing a $1.5 million program with federal funds to give help paying rent to certain tenants. Applications will open on May 11. Bowser said the amounts can be used to pay retroactive rent for April and May, and are expected to help 400 households for between six months and two years based on financial need. The exact perameters for application have not yet been established, Bowser said, but are determined by the federal government.

Hill Rag/Elizabeth O'Gorek

 

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