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Peorians can apply to get some help on bills that are past due

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PEORIA (HOI) - Some in Peoria are still struggling to get back on track with bills even as the economy in Peoria opens back up.

The city of Peoria's new grant program is to help households who've been really impacted by COVID-19.

They'll do that by paying the mortgage or rent and utilities for up to three months.

This means residents have the chance to get caught up on some past due bills.

"One of the biggest needs right now in our community is for people to get finical assistance because they've been out of work, less work, have to do childcare, or had to take sick time off because of Coronavirus. and so this is a way to give folks some relief so they can get back on their feet," said Cassie Belter, a grant coordinator for Peoria.

There is about $300,000 up for grabs.

The city will pick 50 applicants lottery style and pay their mortgage or rent, and utilities for up to three months or up to $5,000.

"We don't directly pay the residents. We pay the landlord, the mortgage company. We'll pay Ameren. We'll pay Illinois American Water. So we make their payments for them," Belter added.

You can start applying on Monday, July 6th.

"The requirements are you live within the City of Peoria. You meet the income limits that are listed on the website and that you experienced some kind of finical strain due to COVID-19 that makes it hard for you to pay your bills," said Belter.

The application process closes two weeks later and then 50 winners will be chosen.

If there is any money left, the city said they will work their way down a waiting list until the money runs out.

This program is through the Community Development Department.

Alex Menke

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