Since the end of last March through May 21, Housing Assistance has awarded over $3 million in financial assistance to prevent 671 households on Cape Cod and the Islands from becoming homeless. The figures demonstrate the widespread impact the pandemic has had on our region; in a typical pre-pandemic year the amount given out is between $300,000 and $350,000.
“I feel like when my team is at the end of this, we’re going to be the reason the region is okay,” said Cassi Danzl, Vice President of Programs and Client Services. “At this point, financial assistance is the cornerstone of the region’s economic recovery. That number is huge and it shows the huge hole that had to be filled.”
Even as more people are getting vaccinated and with Covid-19 protocols being rolled back, Danzl said, the need to keep our clients stably housed remains high. And with the eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of this month, Danzl emphasized the importance of households reaching out now if they are behind on their rent.
“People should apply now if they have been impacted by the pandemic or experienced a change in their income or expenses,” Danzl said.