By Sahar Chmais
Rent assistance for Hays County residents is in the works as the eviction moratorium ends on June 30.
An eviction moratorium was established after the pandemic was declared, postponing evictions.
Hays County received nearly $7,000,000 from the U.S. Treasury Department for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which was approved by commissioners on April 13. Funds are specific to rent and/or utility assistance for county residents once the program is established.
This also authorized the Purchasing Division to solicit for a program administrator to assist with implementing a program for renters.
The county has received six proposals from firms and submissions for the administrator role are under review. It is expected that there will be a recommendation pending approval by June 8.
The application process will not be available until a program administrator is chosen, which will likely be after June 8. The application process should be shared with residents shortly after an administrator is established, said Kim Hilsenbeck, Hays County’s communication manager.