CARSON CITY — Applications to the State of Nevada’s residential rental assistance program, CARES Housing Assistance Program or CHAP, have picked up over the last week with more than 5,300 applications submitted in the week ending July 31, 2020. It’s a 72% increase in applications from the week prior.
A total of 8,404 applications have been received statewide since the launch of the program. CHAP has funding available to assist tenants who’ve missed rental payments incurred during the eviction moratorium put in place during the pandemic. Payment is provided directly to landlords to cover missed payments, and those payments should start going out this week.
A program update last week said the majority of applicants are requesting between two and three months of rental payments, and it estimates that the program has funding to cover 25,000 months of rent.
The Nevada Housing Division is administering the program in coordination with regional housing programs. To date, 6,549 applications have been received in Clark County, 1,008 in the Reno area, and 847 in rural communities.
Tenants who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and have missed rent payments are encouraged to visit housing.nv.gov to begin the application process.
Applicants will be directed to the appropriate housing agency based on their county of residence. Upon successful completion of the application, tenants will be notified upon approval and funds will be disbursed directly to the tenant’s landlord. Funds will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.