Williamstown Housing Trust to Spread Word About Rental Assistance Program
The Williamstown board of the Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday talked about how it can reach more potential beneficiaries of its emergency rental assistance program and how it can structure a companion program for homeowners.
To date, the Williamstown Emergency Rental Assistance Program, funded by the trust and administered by Berkshire Housing Development Corp., has awarded just more than $17,000 in grants since its inception.
The trust recently transferred an additional $30,000 to BHDC to keep the program funded. But the trustees expressed concern that demand for the program, created for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, has not been higher.
Dan Gura asked if the application process could be streamlined to avoid discouraging prospective beneficiaries.
The trustees agreed that they want a third-party to qualify recipients for the grants, thus mirroring the other two initiatives, the rental assistance program and the DeMayo Mortgage Assistance Program for first-time homeowners.
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