St. Tammany Parish expands rental assistance to include utilities

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St. Tammany Parish has extended its Rental assistance Program, STRAP, to include paying for utilities.

“We know there is a need in our community for rental and utility assistance,” said Parish President Mike Cooper. “I am elated that our Grants Department has found a way to expand this program to help our citizens stay on their feet. I am appreciative of our federal partnership, which makes this program possible.”

Money from the federal CARES Act will assist renters with utility payments. The program already provides emergency rental assistance to help people stay in their homes and reimburse landlords for back due rent.

St. Tammany Parish released this information on eligibility and how to apply:

St. Tammany Parish is currently taking applications for the assistance. The program requires participation and documentation from both the tenants as well as the landlords. Tenants must meet the program income requirements and provide the following:

Government Identification
Valid lease
Details of back due rent
Evidence of financial hardship
Proof of housing instability

Assistance is paid directly to landlords on the tenant’s behalf. For landlords to receive payments, they must provide the following:

Government Identification
Proof of ownership or authority to lease their property
Details of back due rent
Tax Identification Number

Please submit all information to STRAP@stpgov.org.

There are two drop off locations with a drop box to service the program. Case workers are available at each location to assist with the application process. Appointments are recommended.

Koop Drive Administrative Complex Building B
21454 Koop Drive
Mandeville, LA 70471
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Towers Building
520 Old Spanish Trail
Slidell, LA 70458
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

For questions, please contact STRAP by phone at, 985-898-3016, or by email at STRAP@stpgov.org.