Loudoun County Unveils Initiatives to Help Residents with Rent and Eviction Issues

As Loudoun County continues to navigate the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, two new assistance programs aimed at helping residents struggling with rent payments and evictions are set to launch on May 15, 2024. The programs, a collaborative effort between Loudoun County government and various local non-profits including Loudoun Cares, Northern Virginia Family Service, Crossroads Jobs, and Legal Services of Northern Virginia, are designed to provide temporary relief to eligible households.

Eligibility Criteria for Assistance Programs
To qualify for these programs, applicants must meet several criteria:

  • They must reside in Loudoun County.
  • Rent must constitute more than 30% of their household income.
  • Household income should not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income.
  • They must have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, which includes historically marginalized populations, adults with complex needs, and households that have faced wage losses or challenges in accessing services

Landlords of the applicants must agree to participate by providing necessary documentation such as a signed lease and IRS W-9 form. Applicants facing eviction must present an eviction summons for unlawful detainer to qualify for eviction prevention assistance.

Application Process
Interested residents can apply online starting at noon on May 15, by filling out a pre-screening form on the Loudoun Cares website. For those without internet access, assistance is available via phone. Applicants who qualify will collaborate with staff from either Crossroads Jobs or Northern Virginia Family Service to evaluate and potentially enhance their ability to afford rent without continued financial assistance, focusing on job readiness and sustainable housing solutions.

Funding and Program Duration
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has allocated limited funding from the American Rescue Plan Act for these initiatives, which will continue until December 31, 2026, or until the funds are depleted. The aim is to support as many households as possible with direct rent payments to landlords.

Additional Information
For more details on these and other rent assistance programs in Loudoun County, residents can visit the county’s official housing pages online. https://www.loudouncares.org/help