American Rescue Fund Assistance for Tucker Residents
The City of Tucker is poised to receive more than $13 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money. There are broad guidelines for these funds and how they must be used over the next several years. The very first step taken by the Mayor and City Council in 2021 was to allocate approximately $1.2 million to NETWorks Cooperative Ministry to aid Tucker residents who are behind on their rent or mortgage, or who need assistance paying their utility bills.
Residents or landlords may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 470-500-5341 to speak with a caseworker for more information and guidance.
American Rescue Funds Resident Assistance FAQ
Identification for applicant and identification for any other income-earning adults in the household.
Residents may apply for the allowed expenses with the required documentation:
Government-issued photo ID
Military photo ID
Tribal photo ID
Acceptable supporting documentation for households seeking assistance based on 2020 annual income include:
- Copy of Form 1040 for 2020 as filed with IRS (For Form 1040, both the return and he tax forms used to establish the household’s income for tax purposes, such as W-2 statement(s) and any 1099 forms must be included)
- Documents evidencing annual income (e.g., wage statement, interest statement, unemployment compensation statement)
- Receipts of forms of benefit income such as TANF, Social Sedcurity, SSI and SSDI payments that are not always considered taxable income and will not be reported on a tax form
If applicant is seeking assistance based upon the current household monthly income, verification for at least the most recent two months (60 days) leading up to the application submission, and eligibility must be redetermined every three months (90 days). Acceptable supporting documentation includes:
- Documents evidencing monthly income (e.g., wage statement, interest statement, unemployment compensation statement)
- If employed, pay stubs, third party verification from the employer, or a letter from their employer indicating reduced pay
- Documentation of cash assistance such as Social Security income, unemployment benefits, workers compensation (excluding lump sum distributions), or public assistance benefits
- Documentation of child support or alimony
- TANF, SSI, or other supplemental income programs that are limited to households with incomes below 80% AMI (or a comparable poverty threshold
- Documentation of any income received for self-employment, including documentation of income of a business or profession, or direct payments for services
- Bank statements
- Documentation of Social Security, annuities, retirement income, pensions, disability or death benefits (to include spousal benefits) and other similar types of periodic or monthly receipts, excluding benefits received by anyone 17yrs old or younger
Income that should NOT be included would include wages of children under the age of 18, foster care income, adoption assistance, and income for a live-in aide. Earnings in excess of $480 for each full-time student in the household unless they are the head of household or spouse are also excluded.
If individual circumstances prevent applicant from providing requested documentation, NETWorks reserves the right to evaluate waivers for certain documentation on a case-by-case basis.
- Unemployment benefits
- Lost or reduced income due to COVID-19
- Needing to take extended time off work due to COVID-19, either to:
- Care for my child(ren) whose school is closed; or
- Care for a family member who is sick with COVID-19
- Needing to take extended time off work because I have tested positive for COVID-19 ⇽⇽ Excessive COVID-19 related healthcare or other expenses
- Penalties, fees, and legal costs associated with rent or utility arrears
- Payments for rent or utilities make by credit card to avoid homelessness or housing instability
- Increased internet access and computer equipment costs needed to attend work and/or school
- Alternate transportation for households unable to use public transportation during the pandemic
- Purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Eviction Notice
- Past Due Rent/Mortgage Statement
- Utility Disconnect Notice
- Past Due Utility Statement
- Signed Lease AND Account Ledger
- Utility bills with an outstanding balance including statements of when the charges were incurred
(Requested expenses are only eligible if incurred between March 1, 2020 through February 28, 2022.)
- Power bill(s)
- Gas bill(s)
- Water bill(s)
- Internet bill(s)
- Resident submits application online.
- Caseworker is assigned to help manage the process and help compile all necessary documentation.
- Once completed, request is submitted to supervisor for review.
- If approved, applicant comes into the office to sign final paperwork.
- Payment is sent to vendor.