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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