November 16, 2020
The RPC is once again accepting applications for the CSBG COVID-19 Relief Program. Households in Champaign County that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in past-due rent, mortgage, sewer, or water bills, may qualify for assistance. Further information, including the application, may be found on the RPC’s website.
The application period opened on Monday, November 16, and closes on Monday, November 30, at 1pm. To determine eligibility, answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the application process have also been provided. All applications must be submitted to the RPC by no later than Monday, November 30, at 1pm. Applications submitted via U.S. mail must reflect the postmark date of Monday, November 30, or earlier to be considered. Applications submitted through e-mail (at firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (at 217-328-2426) must be sent by 1pm on Monday, November 30, or earlier to be considered.
The CSBG COVID-19 Relief Program has already assisted dozens of households and hundreds of individuals in Champaign County this year. “This program and others that the RPC provides are necessary and make it possible for this community to survive. Most of all, it is giving hope where there is little,” says RPC client James, an accountant who was provided with rent assistance. “To be honest, if it wasn’t for this program I don’t know where I would be now. I can’t stress enough the necessity of these programs for young and old alike. This funding is a necessity.”
RPC client Dawanna, who works for the University of Illinois and was provided with rent, sewer/wastewater bill, and food assistance, says, “If it wasn’t for this program I would have been forced to sleep on the streets with my four children. The RPC has put my mind at ease and made sure my children and I have a roof over our heads, as I am sure this program has done for many families.”
Households around America have been impacted by COVID-19, but agencies like the RPC have been able to provide crucial help to those in need through the CARES Act—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the U.S. Congress in March. The CSBG COVID-19 Relief Program is one of the programs available through the CARES Act that the RPC administers in Champaign County.