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  • City & County Seek Firm to Administer Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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    February 15, 2021

    City & County Seek Firm to Administer Emergency
    Rental Assistance Program
    FAYETTEVILLE – In January, the U.S. Department of Treasury awarded $6,383,864 to the City of Fayetteville and $3,735,545 to Cumberland County to implement the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which was part of the year-end COVID-19 relief package.
    The Treasury is overseeing and administering the program to states and counties or municipalities with populations over 200,000 people.
    Cumberland County and the City of Fayetteville have issued a joint Request for Proposals for qualified firms to provide administration services for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program designed to assist families struggling to make rental and utility payments.
    “Both the City and County have a joint RFP out to find a firm to administer this program because we are expecting an overwhelming number of applications that will be beyond our current capacity to administer,” said Cumberland County Community Development Director Dee Taylor.
    The RFP was issued Feb. 10 and the submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 22 to the Cumberland County Community Development office at 707 Executive Place, Fayetteville. Late proposals will not be accepted.
    A contract is expected to be executed in March or April.
    Details and instructions for vendors who wish to submit an RFP are available online at Request for Proposal  on the County’s website at co.cumberland.nc.us.
    The City of Fayetteville is an entitlement jurisdiction which covers those areas annexed within its municipal limits, whereas the County of Cumberland is an entitlement jurisdiction which consists of eight incorporated municipalities (Eastover, Falcon, Godwin, Hope Mills, Linden, Spring Lake, Stedman, and Wade) as well as the unincorporated areas of the County.
    At this time, renters in North Carolina cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent. Gov. Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 91 extending the eviction moratorium through March 31.
    If you or someone you know needs rental, utility or other types of assistance, please contact the Coordinated Entry Referral System at (910) 479-4663. The Coordinated Entry Referral System does not provide direct assistance. Instead, a housing navigator/referral specialist will conduct a preliminary needs assessment and will then refer the caller to the appropriate agency for assistance. Please expect delays due to high volumes of calls. Income restrictions do apply.   
    The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program is administered by the Department of Social Services to help with utility bills. Applications can be accessed at http://www.ccdssnc.com/energy-assistance-programs/For more information, contact the DSS LIEAP message line at (910) 677-2821 or the Cumberland County Department of Social Services at (910) 323-1540.

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    Delores Taylor, Director
    dtaylor@co.cumberland.nc.us, (910) 323-6112