The St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) which will utilize CARES Act funding from the Department of Treasury, is mobilizing.
This assistance is available to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Tammany Parish Government estimates fully implementing the program and scheduling appointments in the beginning of April 2021. President Cooper says that when the final details are complete and they begin to accept applications, they will make a public announcement. Rental assistance provided to an eligible household must not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household. Beginning in early April, 2021, the St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) will begin accepting applications for households with an income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI); households that have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; and households that are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Support documentation will be required prior to issuance of payments. In early April, there will be two locations for assistance: one on Koop Drive in Mandeville and one in Slidell at the Towers building. Neither location is open yet; however, information on this program can be found at: www.stpgov.org/departments/grants. Applicants who have questions should contact the Department of Grants by email at: STRAP@stpgov.org.