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Wyoming mortgage, rent protection applications to start June 1


CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming residents who are having trouble paying mortgage or rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic can soon seek help.

According to Wyoming Community Development Authority executive director Scott Hoversland, the Wyoming Legislature tapped $15 million from federal CARES Act funding to provide emergency mortgage and rental assistance.

The emergency assistance will provide rent or mortgage payments, as well as security deposits for rentals and hazard insurance payments.

“We’re trying to get them up and running as fast as possible,” said Hoversland during a live briefing with governor Gordon on Wednesday afternoon.

He said the state will put a maximum amount of assistance of $2,000. There is also a copayment of 30 percent of the borrower’s current gross monthly income, which includes those on unemployment.

Hoversland said details of the program are still being worked out, but that people can start to apply for the assistance starting on Monday, June 1, at the WCDA’s website.

The funds will be available to applicants who are found to be eligible. Requirements include those who have suffered a job loss, closure of employment, reduction of employment, or other circumstances directly related to the COVID pandemic.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.