“The impact of COVID has been deep and wide,” said Reverend Jeff Jaynes, executive director of Restore Hope, a local nonprofit overseeing the ERAP. “It was vast in that it affected a lot of people who had never needed rent assistance before. And it was deep in the fact that people were unable to pay their rent for a number of months and were thousands of dollars in arrears. Even though they’re back to work now, they just haven’t been able to catch up.
Tulsa has spent about $ 19.6 million in federal stimulus funds on rent assistance, which is supposed to support the program until next fall. After that, more federal funds will support rental assistance programs until the end of 2024, said Becky Gligo, executive director of the nonprofit Housing Solutions.
By then, Tulsa will have to start long-term efforts to reduce eviction rates, Gligo said.
“I don’t think we’ll have this level of assistance forever,” she said. “But it does give us time to really look at the Landlord Tenant Act reforms and think of ways to use other funds to potentially ensure we have help readily available to those who need it.” “
Although the number of new cases has not increased as much as expected, Tulsa’s deportation case is growing as the court begins to hear cases that have been put on hold as the federal moratorium has remained in place for more. one year.