CARES Act funds available for Greene County residents impacted by COVID-19 to pay rent/mortgages

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – More help is on the way for Greene County residents struggling to get by. The Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) has received $200,000 of CARES Act funding. The money will be used to help families pay their rent and mortgages. CCCS hopes to spend its funds by mid-November.

People who want to apply must:

  • Live in Greene county.
  • Have been hit financially by COVID-19.
  • Renters must have a lease.

“We’re asking those that have not ever had to think about assistance and maybe don’t know who’s out there to help to reach out to us,” Director Holly Wilson said. “It’s something we’re excited about.”

To prove you’ve been affected by the pandemic:

Wilson says if you’ve changed jobs or have had your work hours and income cut down, she would like to see a recent paycheck and one from before COVID-19.

The application process requires a copy of your lease, social security card and drivers license.

In just a week and a half, CCCS has seen almost 50 families for this program and it has a waitlist of 50 more families.

“We’ve never been in this space before,” Wilson said. “So this is a great opportunity to help those that have been. Don’t wait until the last minute. I want people to start calling us sooner to get that screening done and then we’ll be happy to set the appointment and start making a difference.”

Wilson says she hopes the program will help move a family from crisis to wellness.  She says it’s really important to move families into a space they are comfortable in. CCCS’ number is 417-889-7474.

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