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Cameron County judge reminds public about rental assistance program

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Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. and Executive Director Nick Mitchell-Bennet for affordable housing nonprofit Come Dream Come Build on Monday reminded the public about the availability of emergency rental assistance for residents. 

The county is partnering with CDCB to get nearly $12.7 million in the hands of qualifying Cameron County residents needing assistance.

The funds must be used by September or the county will have to send the rest back to the federal government. 

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"No matter your status, you can come apply with us," Mitchell-Bennet said. "Mixed family status, undocumented--your status does not matter to us at this point, nor does it matter to the treasury department, who's funding this."

CDCB Policy Director Zoraima Diaz-Pineda explains that the funds can be used to pay past-due rent all the way back to March 13, 2020. In addition to that, an individual can receive up to 15 months of assistance; some of that can be for back rent and some of that can be used for future rent payments. 

The funds can also be used to pay for internet. 

As Channel 5 News previously reported, the U.S. Department of Treasury awarded $12.7 million in rental and utility assistance to Cameron County, who partnered with Come Dream Come Build to administer the funds through an emergency rental assistance program.

RELATEDRental assistance available for qualifying residents in Cameron County

To qualify, renter households must have an income at or below 80 percent of the area median.

You'll also be required to show proof that you've been affected by the pandemic, such as reduced work hours, loss of income or an illness.

For more information, call 956-541-4955. 

To apply, head to cdcb.org/rental-assistance.

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