DeKalb officials announced the new program — made possible by a $21 million federal grant — earlier this week.
A group of court officials, the DeKalb County Marshal’s Office, Atlanta Legal Aid, Goodwill of North Georgia and mediators from the Dispute Resolution Center are all part of a coalition helping administer the program. The goal is to prevent evictions by getting money to cover past due rent, utilities or other housing costs directly to renters and landlords.
Both tenants and landlords can apply for the program and applications remain open at dekalbcountyga.gov/renthelp.
More information can also be found by calling 404-371-3201 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Officials said that, in addition to the surge of applications, the county had already received 17,000 website visits, 3,700 emails and 350 calls related to the program.