American Rescue Plan includes $24 million in federal COVID-19 relief for tenants and landlords in Lehigh County

Written by on March 25, 2021

American Rescue Plan includes $24 million in federal COVID-19 relief for tenants and landlords in Lehigh County

By Ben Stemrich

March 25, 2021

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Lehigh County has received its share of the $1.9 trillion new COVID-19 relief bill, also known as the American Rescue Plan. Part of that is $24 million will help the county’s financially strapped tenants and landlords. 

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County Executive Phillips Armstrong says this money is meant to help both tenants and landlords.

“The renters aren’t able to maintain their jobs because of COVID, so they can pay their rent. Landlords are stuck with utility bills and taxes so it puts a strain on them,” Armstrong says. 

Either one can apply for the money through the Diocese of Allentown Catholic Charities website or by calling them at 610-435-1541.

Allen Jennings, executive director of the Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley, says his organization is writing the checks.

“As disastrous as the situation is, I’ve never seen the kind of resources deployed, and the amounts of those resources, and the quickness of those resources being put in these local communities,” Jennings says. 

U.S. Rep Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) is also glad help is on the way. 

“Keeping a roof over families heads is really something that benefits the family, benefits the community, but most important benefits the children who really need as much continuity as possible as we get through this crisis,” Wild says.

The American Rescue Plan passed Congress without bipartisan support and was signed by President Biden on March 11.

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