Mortgage, Rental and Utility Assistance Program (MRUA)

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The City of New Carrollton’s Mortgage, Rental, and Utility Assistance (MRUA) Program will provide financial assistance for all eligible City resident households utilizing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to address the negative economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Only New Carrollton households may apply for assistance. Landlords may not apply on behalf of tenants.

Household Eligibility

To be eligible for the City’s MRUA Program, a household must meet the following requirements:
•       Located within the City of New Carrollton’s boundaries.
•       Household’s income or assets must have been directly or indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including unemployment, reduction in income, sick and unable to work, incurred a significant increase in household expenses or experiencing other financial hardship related to COVID-19.
•        Located in a Qualified Census Tract or have an annual gross household income below the following amounts based upon household size:

1
Person
HH

2
Person
HH

3
Person
HH

4
Person
HH

5
Person
HH

6
Person
HH

7
Person
HH

8
Person
HH

$58,695

$67,080

$75,465

$83,850

$93,120

$106,740

$120,360

$133,980


*Moderate income levels by household size for Prince George’s County as provided by US Treasury, Tool for Determining Low and Moderate (LMI) Households.

Eligible Uses of MRUA Funds
City MRUA funds may only be used to assist with the following:

•       Past due outstanding mortgage obligations owed by a homeowner;
•       Past due rental obligations owed by a tenant; or
•       Past due outstanding utility obligations owed by the household.

Amount of Assistance Available
The City has allocated $750,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to MRUA Program.
•       While funding is available, the City will provide up to $5,000 per eligible household to assist with outstanding mortgage, rental, and/or utility obligations.
•       A household may not submit multiple applications.
•       Payments will be sent directly to the related vendor.

Required Documentation
The applicant must complete the application and provide the following supporting documents to the application to ensure a timely processing and to be considered complete:
•       Validation of Mortgage Information – Any of the Following:
    A mortgage statement that shows your monthly mortgage payment and address; or
    Other documents that show your past mortgage payments (bank statements, canceled checks, etc.)
• Validation of Lease Information – Any one of the following:
    Lease or written rental agreement that shows your monthly rent and address and is signed by you and your landlord;
    A letter from your landlord verifying your monthly rent and address; or
    Other documents that show your past rent payments (bank statements, canceled checks, etc.).
• Proof of Past Due Outstanding Mortgage, Rent, or Utility Obligation
    A copy of the latest past due notice from your mortgage company, landlord and/or utility company, or
    Other documentation that verifies the outstanding mortgage, rent, or utility obligation.

The City has provided an MRUA Program Checklist to assist each applicant in ensuring that all forms and documents are completed prior to submission to the City.

How to Apply
Applications, including required documents and certifications, shall be submitted to:

CLICK HRE TO ACCESS MRUA APPLICATION
CLICK HERE FOR CHECKLIST

                                                   City of New Carrollton
          Attention: Mortgage, Rental, and Utility Assistance (MRUA) Program
                                                   6016 Princess Garden Parkway
                                                   New Carrollton, Maryland 20784

Applications and required documents may also be submitted electronically to MRUA-Assist[email protected].

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis while funding is available. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding under the City’s MRUA Program.

MRUA Program Payments
Payments will only be made directly to landlords and utility companies. Payments will not be made to individuals or households.

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