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NMI receives $1M to assist individuals and families for permanent housing

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(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, through the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. announce that the CNMI has been awarded $1,090,630 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Emergency Solutions Grants or ESG Program.

The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grants program is to assist individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. NMHC has been designated as the administering agency for this program.

Governor Torres said the grant will be used for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing to families and individuals that fit the criteria under the program. “We are pleased that we have been awarded this grant to assist our people with housing needs during this unprecedented time. 60 percent of the grant will be used for homelessness prevention to assist families who are at risk of homelessness, while 40 percent will be used for rapid rehousing to assist those who fall under the category of homelessness. Especially after Super Typhoon Yutu, we want to make sure that housing needs on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota are addressed, and this program will help achieve that goal,” said Governor Torres.

Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios said that 25% of the entire grant will be set aside for the elderly and disabled, as well as six percent of the entire allocation will be for Rota and Tinian respectively. “Together with NMHC, our goal is to combat homelessness and address housing issues on all three islands, and this grant will certainly provide this essential assistance to our community, especially our elderly and disabled who are our most vulnerable, as well as Rota and Tinian residents during this unprecedented time,” said Lt. Governor Palacios.

ESG financial assistance for qualified and approved applicants will be for one year and includes 100 percent rental assistance, security deposit, utility deposit and utility allowance, assistance for up to six months in arrears.

Qualified families must meet HUD income limits (NMHC will assist in this determination). Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or qualified aliens and present documentation of how Covid-19 has affected their housing situation, such as being furloughed, unemployed, underemployed, or having to share housing with others.

“Pre-applications will be available at the NMHC offices on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. We will process intake every 15 days by batches on a first come, first serve basis. We expect to assist close to 110 eligible families with this grant. We thank Governor Torres and Lt. Governor Palacios for their leadership and partnership to ensure assistance to our must vulnerable families,” said NMHC Corporate Director Jesse Palacios.

For more information on the ESG program, contact Tricia Tenorio or Sweetielyn Sokau at 234-6866.

NMHC will be providing additional updates and information to the public soon.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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