The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, under mounting pressure to stop a wave of evictions in the wake of its expired eviction moratorium, extended it for another two months, to Oct. 3.
The extension applies to counties with “substantial” or “high” spread of COVID, which includes McHenry County
, and by one estimate, about 80 percent of counties nationwide.
We’re not going to weigh in on the controversy surrounding whether the CDC has the constitutional ability to impose a moratorium. And while this gives breathing room to tenants, we recognize the tremendous financial strain this moratorium puts many landlords under.
However, McHenry County has established a rental relief program that renters – and landlords as well – can apply for, and we urge them to do so.
The McHenry County Emergency Utility and Rental Assistance Program gives qualifying tenants or landlords suffering COVID-related financial hardship up to 18 months of assistance with future bills, or up to 12 months of past-due payments, provided they meet the eligibility and income guidelines. Immigration status is not a factor, and is not asked of applicants.
The online application portal can be found at www.McHenryRent.com
. Renters who do not have Internet access can call the McHenry County Housing Authority at 815-338-7752, or Consumer Credit Counseling Services at 815-338-5757 for Spanish speakers.