PICCA ready to disburse funding to help with rent, mortgage and utilities

PICCA ready to disburse funding to help with rent, mortgage and utilities

by Craig Lovelace

If you live anywhere in Pickaway County and COVID-19 has pinched your ability to pay some bills, the Pickaway County Community Agency wants to hear from you.

Another round of CARES Act funding is available to assist Pickaway County households impacted by COVID-19 with their rent or mortgage payments and to prevent water and sewer disconnections beginning today (Nov. 2.) 

 Nearly $270,500 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is being administered by PICCA. 

Ohioans, who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level ­– about $52,000 for a family of four – and that have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments, water bills, or sewer payments are encouraged to contact PICCA to submit an application for assistance. Funds are available for a limited time and applicants are encouraged to reach out to the agency early. 

PICCA Executive Director Becky Hammond said Friday the funding is already generating interest with the local population. She said 60 people had contacted the agency as of Oct. 30. However, she added that most of the interest is coming mostly from those within the city of Circleville’s boundaries. The organization, she said, wants to ensure those living outside of the city are aware that their residents are eligible for CARES money as well.

“We are thrilled to have this resource available to help our community maintain safe and healthy homes for their families as we recover from the economic fallout from COVID-19,” Hammonds said. “Though the funds are available for a short time, this new resource and our experience administering similar programs will help hundreds of households once again find stable ground.” 

The funding will allow PICCA to bring on a few contractors to help with the program.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the availability of funds in late October. The CARES funding is available through Dec. 30. All households who are experiencing challenges in paying their past due payments should contact PICCA at 740-477-1655 extension 1010 to learn more or complete an application. 

PICCA administered some CARES funds that the city received this summer. Hammond said it disbursed a handful of that money, which carried several restrictions on who was eligible for funding. This round of CARES money is more flexible, she said, and will apply beyond an individual’s income getting pinched.

The key, she said, is for potential recipients to articulate in practical ways how COVID-19 has disrupted their lives. “We have to be able to relate back to COVID somehow,” she said.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *