EP Rent Help Web portal now open; Landlords should begin preparing information now
EL PASO, Texas — Landlords seeking to help their tenants avoid eviction because of economic hardships brought on by COVID-19 should visit EPRentHelp.org to register to participate in the EP Rent Help Program. This is the first formal step landlords can take to participate in the program which will grant millions of dollars in federal CARES Act funding to landlords within the City of El Paso.
The program is not yet accepting applications. Signing-up to participate, having landlord eligibility verified and beginning to collect information about a property and tenants is not a replacement for a formal application for rental assistance.
Snapshot of EP Rent Help Program Timeline
•July 22-28, 2020: Eligible landlords will be able to access necessary forms and begin inputting preliminary information about their properties into the Web portal.
•July 29-August 2, 2020: Tenants and landlords can gather and sign supporting documentation and input final application information into the Web portal.
• August 3 and onward: The Paso del Norte Community Foundation and its partners will verify applications and begin disbursing funds directly to landlords.
Other Important Facts about EP Rent Help
• The program will not be administered on a first-come, first-first serve basis; rather the partnership will seek to distribute the funds to those who are in the greatest need.
•Landlords must apply on behalf of their tenants; tenants will be required to provide information to their landlords to complete the application.
•While this program is limited to tenants living in the City of El Paso, we will not ask your immigration status nor will it be used in making decisions about who receives funding awards.
Applications must be completed online. In light of current public health directives, landlords are strongly encouraged to file their applications remotely. However, these community partners have graciously offered to allow landlords who don’t otherwise have access to a computer, to use public computers at their facilities:
• The El Paso Apartment Association, 5730 East Paisano Drive: (915) 598-0800.
• Consulate General of México, 910 East San Antonio Avenue: (915) 533-4082.
• YMCA of El Paso Metropolitan Offices, 810 Wyoming Avenue: (915) 532-9622.
• Westside Family YMCA, 7145 N Mesa Street: (915) 584-9622.
• Bowling Family YMCA, 5509 Will Ruth Avenue: (915) 755-9622.
• Fred & Maria Loya Family YMCA, 2044 Trawood Drive: (915) 590-9622.
Please call ahead to each location before you arrive. Computers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Staff at these locations cannot provide technical support.
ABOUT THE PASO DEL NORTE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Paso del Norte Community Foundation is an effective vehicle for donors to support nonprofit organizations and charitable causes in our region and establish their legacy giving for the future. Established in 2013 as a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation supports the philanthropic goals of individuals, families, corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations to improve education, health, social services, economic development, and quality of life in the Paso del Norte region. For more information, visit PDNFoundation.org.
ABOUT UNDER ONE ROOF
A fund of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, Under One Roof is a charitable organization of the El Paso Apartment Association established to provide financial and other support to residents of El Paso County who have been harmed by disasters such as fire, flood or pandemic, and support the professional development of owners, managers and staff of rental properties. Recently, the City of El Paso selected a collaborative proposal from the PDN Community Foundation and Under One Roof to administer funding for rental assistance to serve thousands of El Pasoans who are facing the prospect of losing their homes due to the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.