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COVID-19-Related Assistance Is Now Available in Marshall County

MOUNDSVILLE — Marshall County residents seeking aid with delinquent bills as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for reimbursement through a federal grant.

The Marshall County and Moundsville Emergency Payment COVID-19 Assistance programs provide financial assistance to low-to-moderate income homeowners and renters who experienced hardship as a result of the pandemic, offering assistance in the form of a grant. Qualified households are eligible for assistance with up to six consecutive months of documented delinquent bills for mortgage, rent or utilities incurred between January 21, 2020 to the present.

The Moundsville Emergency Payment COVID-19 Assistance Program is currently active, while applications for the Marshall County Emergency Payment COVID-19 Assistance Program will be accepted starting Tuesday.

Residents qualify for the program if they have not received other forms of financial assistance for the bills being applied for, demonstrate difficulty or inability to pay those bills as a result of the pandemic, and have a household income at or below 80% of the median household income based on household size.

Additionally, Moundsville residents must apply for the grant through the Moundsville program, while those living outside city limits are to apply for the Marshall County program.

Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy said the money for the program is provided from a federal Community Development Block Grant, provided through the Department of Housing and Urban Development and managed by the state. He said there is no limit on how many applicants can apply or how much money can be reimbursed through the program, which will continue until the $250,000 in funds are exhausted or when the program expires, which is expected to be in 2023.

“I think it’s a very good program which really has the potential to help a lot of people,” Healy said. “A lot of people fell behind, lost jobs, lost hours, and whether their utilities or mortgages got behind. This will allow people, with proper documentation and requirements, to get back on their feet again.”

Marshall County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel encouraged county residents to apply as soon as they can, as she believes those funds will be quickly exhausted..

“We are excited to be awarded these funds. The $250,000 that the county will assist any of our residents who continue to have a hard time due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said. “We encourage residents who plan on applying for these funds to do so sooner than later, because we believe the secured funding will run out quickly.”

To be eligible a the income level for a household of one can’t exceed $36,700; $41,950 for a household of two; $47,200 for a household of three; $52,400 for a household of four; $56,600 for a household of five; $60,800 for a household of six; $65,000 for a household of seven; and $69,200 for a household of eight.

To request an application for either program, please contact Natalie Hamilton at Belomar Regional Council. She can be reached at nhamilton@belomar.org, 304-242-1800, or at 105 Bridge Street Plaza, Wheeling, WV 26003.

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