DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — COVID-19’s deadly domino effect on the economy is putting more people on the brink of homelessness. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond announced a $21 million federal grant to keep some renters from facing evictions and to resume the revenue stream for landlords.

“This may well be our finest hour here in DeKalb County, where we rose above bureaucracies,” Thurmond said. “What brings us together, the glue, is that we all want to do what’s best for the citizens of DeKalb County, Georgia.”

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The county will distribute the funds through a Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition involving several agencies. Super District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson says it will help her landlord constituents who haven’t received rent payments in months. “I’ve had many say, ‘We’re in a very adverse position, because we have to care for the tenant, but at the same time, we feel that we’ve been made public housing,'” she said.

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The review process involves the magistrate courts, legal aid and agency referrals, and the process varies based on the status of the eviction case. Families earning 80% of the annual median income for the county can apply. Income limits range from about $46,000 a year for a family of one to just over $66,000 for a family of four. “We’re going to stand in the gap at the most critical time in the nation,” said Thurmond.

The online application at will go live at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Eligible applicants, both tenants and landlords, are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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