Rent assistance programs collaborate to maximize relief efforts

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The City of Anderson/Department of Community Development, United Way of Madison County/Thrive Network, and PathStone Corporation are working together to mitigate evictions for households that have been financially impacted by COVID-19. 

“Our community’s vitality is dependent on safe, affordable, stable housing for individuals and families,” said Nancy Vaughan, president of United Way of Madison County. “As we work toward economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that many households will face significant challenges to remain in their homes due to accumulated unpaid rent and utility bills. We also know that unpaid rents create instability for landlords and property owners.”

The COVID-19 Urgent Need Housing Assistance Program is available through the City of Anderson-Community Development as part of the CARES Act funds. It provides temporary rental and/or utility housing assistance up to $1,500 for eligible households.

The Landlord Tenant COVID-19 Relief Fund is available through PathStone Corporation and funded by United Way of Madison County’s Economic Relief Initiative. The program will provide up to three months of arrears, including one-month future rental assistance, and utility assistance to eligible households.  PathStone is a partner in United Way’s Thrive Network, offering financial coaching and connection to network partners to assist families toward long-term stability.

The partners are working together to reach out to local landlords to help identify and connect with struggling tenants. Participating landlords have an opportunity to collect past due rents, retain desirable tenants, and avoid the time and expense of the eviction process.  “The programs are similar, but do have different limitations,” Vaughan explained. “Working together, we can direct individuals to the program with the best fit and in some cases, utilize both programs.

To better understand the programs, a brief orientation is offered online:

For additional information contact Lelia Kelley, 648-6096 or; Maylanna Young, 765-274-4054 or, or Karen Hemberger, 765-608-3060 or