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City accepting applications for COVID-19 emergency assistance

AUBURN, Ala.- Beginning Sept. 9, eligible Auburn residents may apply for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance to help cover housing and utility costs.

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March. The CARES Act dedicated $5 billion to Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus funds. $2 billion of this was set aside to help America's low-income families and vulnerable citizens. The City of Auburn received $379,956 to address Auburn's housing and community development needs during the pandemic.

Community Services will begin accepting emergency assistance applications on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Residents who are income-eligible and whose income has been affected by the pandemic may apply. Funds are available for rental, mortgage and utility assistance. Funds will be paid directly to the landlord, financial institution, mortgage company or utility provider.

Applications may be picked up and returned to the Community Services Department at the Boykin Community Center, 400 Boykin St. The Community Services Department is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Community Development Block Grant program develops communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities primarily for low- to moderate-income families and individuals. Find more information about the City's Community Services Department at


Article published on City of Auburn, AL website - September 2, 2020.

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