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.
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“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.
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: email@example.com
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.