Williamson County Approves More Rental, Utility Assistance

The Williamson County Commissioners Court this week approved an agreement with Hill Country Community Ministries to join three other non-profits in providing rent and utility assistance to people in need due to COVID-19.

The funding is part of the Wilco Forward program. Other nonprofits also included in the agreement are The Caring Place, The Salvation Army, and the Round Rock Serving Center. Hill Country Community Ministries will service Cedar Park, Leander, and all areas on the west side of Williamson County in coordination with the Salvation Army.

“I am thankful to add Hill Country Community Ministries to the list of organizations that will process applications for rent and utility assistance for the cities on the west side of Williamson County. Residents on the west side of the county now have the ability to seek assistance from an organization closer to home,” says Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey. “This addition does not change any of the currently existing serving areas, but rather augments our ability to help those in need of support because of the pandemic.”

According to the county, eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • All residences assisted must be located in Williamson County
  • Up to the rent amount based on the lease agreement plus late fees for up to a total of 3 months
  • For approved applications, the applicant must request additional funds after the first month of assistance on an as needed basis
  • Up to $1,500 of utility assistance per residence on an as needed basis
  • Applicant must show evidence that the assistance is needed due to issues caused by COVID-19.

Residents will have to reach out directly to the agency serving their city to request financial assistance.

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