Mirroring the Williamstown Emergency Rental Assistance Program the board created last summer, the new program will provide grants of up to $15,000 to help homeowners economically impacted by the pandemic stay in their homes.
The board of the Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday talked about how it can reach more potential beneficiaries of its emergency rental assistance program and how it can structure a companion program for homeowners.
Z. Daniel Gura, a 2006 Williams College graduate who is the director of capital markets and financial systems for Habitat for Humanity International, was appointed to the board in a unanimous vote of the Select Board.
Residents of the town who earn 100 percent of the Area Median Income as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are invited to apply for the grants.
As early as Monday, the board of the Affordable Housing Trust could be ready to move forward with a plan to fund a rental assistance program for residents struggling to pay their bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic.