Congressman David Scott says $354 million in mortgage and utilities assistance now available

Funds are from the American Rescue Plan
Congressman David Scott, the first black to chair a Congressional committee, says there's $354 million dollars now available for mortgage and utilities assistance Photo credit Office of Rep. David Scott

Mortgage and utilities assistance is now available for those adversely affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Congressman David Scott of Atlanta tells Audacy Atlanta's Maria Boynton there's $354 million dollars available.

Those needing assistance can apply on the Georgia Mortgage Assistance website. They can also call the Congressman's office at 770-210-5073.

Urban League of Greater Atlanta CEO Nancy Flake Johnson applauded the program launch saying "losing a place to live can set a family back for generations."

According to Commissioner Christopher Nunn with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs close to 150 families have already been helped through a smaller version of the program that launched last year. The families, according to Nunn, received approximately $15,800 each in assistance.

How do you qualify?

You have to meet the requirements for income and hardship, which includes making 100% of or less than the Area Median Income for your county.

You may also qualify as a socially disadvantaged individual if, according to the Georgia Mortgage Assistance website, your ability to purchase or own a home has been impaired due to diminished access to credit.

The aid is from federal funds provided by the American Rescue Plan.