Rental assistance programs strained in Daviess County

The Society of St. Vincent dePaul gathers funds before eviction moratorium ends

Rental assistance need rises

DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The Society of St. Vincent dePaul’s rental assistance program is being pushed to its limits as the number of people in need of assistance grows.

According to the organization’s CEO Richard Remp-Morris, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people who had previously been in good financial standing to seek help.

“We’re seeing people who have never needed help before,” he said. “We’re, what, about nine months into the pandemic, so savings and other things that folks had, they’re using it up.”

Remp-Morris said that people’s incomes have been depleted in many cases, but the really devastating part is a considerable spike in expenses.

With more people being home each day, for months on end, utility costs have piled on.

All of the increased need has led to the charity giving out $102,000 between July and November.

Shauna Boom, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Owensboro, which provides low-cost, government-subsidized housing, said that people being behind on payments could be catastrophic.

The state’s eviction moratorium has prevented people from being kicked out of their homes, but it ends on January 30.

It also doesn’t protect people from late fees, and missed payments will accumulate until the moratorium ends.

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