Marysville renters may qualify for $1,500 relief grants

The money is set aside for those who are behind on rent. Applications are available through Aug. 13.

MARYSVILLE — Those who need help paying rent in Marysville might be eligible to receive a $1,500 grant through the city, as part of the CARES Act.

Applications to receive the money will be accepted through Aug. 13. Grants are limited to one per household and do not have to be repaid. In all, the city plans to distribute $250,000 in Marysville CARES Community Rent Relief Grants.

To qualify, applicants are required to live within Marysville, be behind on rent payments, earn a lower income than the average area household and be financially affected by COVID-19. They also must not have been delinquent on rent payments for six months prior to March 1.

The Marysville City Council unanimously approved the program at its Monday meeting.

“As the COVID pandemic persists longer than any of us hoped, I have heard from many Marysville residents that they are increasingly worried about paying the bills,” Mayor Jon Nehring said in a prepared statement. “A helping hand may offer a sense of hope in this difficult season.”

Marysville residents seeking aid must earn less than 60% of the area’s median household income. That’s $4,208 per month for a five-person household, $3,895 for four, $3,505 for three, $3,115 for two and $2,725 for a person living alone.

Once an application is accepted, landlords should expect to see the payment in about two weeks, city spokesperson Connie Mennie said.

“Part of the reason it’s a short application period is because we are trying to get the money out there as quickly as we can for the people who need it,” she said.

A couple of months ago, Marysville also offered up to $10,000 to local businesses as part of the CARES Act. At the time, 55 were awarded funds totaling $247,953, Mennie said.

Marysville joins other cities, including Edmonds and Lynnwood, in providing residents with financial help.

Marysville grants come from federal CARES Act funds. The city received $2,034,600, Mennie said.

For more information and to apply, visit www.Marysvillewa.gov/FormCenter/COVID19-Relief-Programs-22.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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