DC launches STAY DC rental assistance program


WASHINGTON (WDVM) — In a Monday morning press conference, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced STAY DC, a $350 Million Rent and Utility Assistance Program made possible with funding from the the December Congressional Appropriations Act and the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan.

“A strong recovery starts with ensuring everyone in our community has safe and stable housing. This is about getting Washingtonians the money they need to pay their bills now so that they can stay in their homes once the public health emergency ends,” Bowser said. “We are grateful that the Biden Administration recognized the need for this investment and delivered on providing the resources necessary to address unprecedented levels of housing instability.”

Those eligible for STAY DC funding are renters or housing providers in DC who are at risk or who have tenants at risk of not being able to pay rent or utilities. Eligible households could receive up to a year of assistance going back to April 1. Recipients can also receive three months of assistance for future payments at a time for a total of 18 months of assistance.

The program was made possible with a $200 million allocation from the December Congressional Appropriations Act, and the District’s $21.5 billion allocation from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan.

Those interested can apply starting Monday. To find out more and begin submitting an application, visit stay.dc.gov.

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