The majority of counties in Wyoming are currently under the recent extension of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moratorium on evictions for communities with substantial or high community transmission of COVID-19. The CDC’s temporary order is in effect from August 3 to October 3, 2021. Affected Wyoming counties listed as substantial or high-level community transmission are identified on the CDC COVID tracker (Click here to view updated tracker).
The CDC’s new ordinance only applies to counties in Wyoming listed as substantial or high-level community transmission. To benefit from the protection, tenants must provide a signed statement to their landlord stating that they are entitled to eviction protections. The CDC has created a standardized declaration form that can be downloaded here. “We encourage tenants in Wyoming who are behind on rent or who believe they may be at risk of eviction to submit a declaration to their landlord, seek emergency rental assistance and, if necessary, seek assistance. of Legal Aid of Wyoming, ”said Korin Schmidt, director of the Wyoming Department of Family Services. “Unpaid rents have devastating consequences for tenants, who have to keep a roof over their heads, and landlords, who could face financial problems,” Schmidt said. “We urge tenants and landlords to work together to access the Emergency Rent Assistance Program, which has already made more than $ 2 million in payments to landlords.”
The Emergency Rent Assistance Program (PAU) is currently available to eligible tenants at risk of eviction due to inability to pay rent. The federally funded program was launched on April 29 in Wyoming with $ 180 million available to eligible tenants who are struggling to pay their rent, internet and utilities, as well as housing stability services. . Learn more and apply at dfs.wyo.gov/erap. Community-based organizations to assist in-person claims have been established in every county. (Click here for an updated listt)
As of August 5, the PIU had approved a total of 924 requests, or 30% of the requests submitted, paying a total of $ 2.8 million in assistance. Of the rent payments, $ 2.2 million went to landlords, $ 485,000 to tenants and $ 211,000 to utilities. Additionally, PIU provided $ 1 million to Equal Justice Wyoming for legal services to eligible households facing eviction and / or other housing instability. In the event of an eviction, please contact Legal Aid of Wyoming, which is a sub-recipient of Equal Justice Wyoming. Visit www.lawyoming.org or call 1-877-432-9955 for legal aid.
Legal Aid of Wyoming may be able to provide legal assistance to ERAP eligible tenants living in Wyoming:
- Advice / lease negotiation
- Deportation defense
- Disputes that could lead to expulsion
- Financial problems directly related to the accommodation you are renting (disputes over security deposits, claims for damages, late fees, etc.)
- Problems related to the security of the accommodation you are renting
- Financial matters affecting your ability to keep or obtain housing, such as: debt collection defense, federal benefits (SSI / SSDI), employment matters (FMLA, housing for people with disabilities) and consumer protection actions for get funds from tenants lost due to scams.
According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 23,515 tenants in Wyoming are burdened with rent, which means that thirty percent (30%) or more of their income is spent on rent and may be eligible for assistance. of the ERAP. According to data from the CDC PULSE Week 33 survey, 12.9% of Wyoming renter households surveyed said they were behind on their rent. Among households that are not up to date with their rent payments, 43% said they were somewhat or very likely to be evicted in the next two months.
ERAP eligibility requirements include: being a tenant in Wyoming or having unpaid rent at a former Wyoming residence; have a household income less than 80% of the median income of the region; be entitled to unemployment benefits or be able to demonstrate direct or indirect financial loss due to COVID-19; and risk losing his home.
Eligible households can get assistance for unpaid rents and utilities incurred after March 13, 2020, even at a previous residence. Eligible expenses also include current and future unpaid rent (up to three months at a time) up to 15 months total rent and / or utilities. Eligible utility costs include: electricity; energy costs (fuel, fuel oil, propane); water and sewage; and Internet service (up to $ 50 per month). Other eligible expenses, made on a case-by-case basis, may include reasonable relocation costs, security deposits and reasonable late fees.