Local volunteer events for rental assistance program

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– Two events in Baton Rouge over the next two weeks aim to help those unable to apply on their own file an application for an assistance program.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted income for many households across the state, but one solution was the rental assistance program.

Courtney Scott, Baton Rouge Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, says the program “is designed to not only provide support to renters, but we’re also building a needs assessment to anticipate need for homeowners and any needs that landlords have as well.”

Scott says they have received about 2,000 applications since the program launched earlier this march and they plan to continue accepting applications as long as there is a need.

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Not everyone who applies for the assistance will be approved, but Scott says that it is important to still submit an application because they will use data from these applications to determine where the need is for future assistance programs.

To better serve residents who do not have access to the internet or who need assistance in utilizing technology, volunteers will assist residents to fill out and submit applications at various East Baton Rouge Parish libraries. The event will take place on March 27 and specific library locations will be announced later on in the month.

“It’s really important that we’re being equitable to get everyone, to be able to submit an application, however they can,” Scott says.

For more information on the program or how you can volunteer, visit EBREmergencySolutions.com.

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