Chesterfield Board of Supervisors
July 24, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors approved allocating $50,000 for area residents seeking rent and mortgage assistance because of the ongoing economic impacts caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during its July 22 meeting.
The $50,000 for county rent and mortgage relief is part of the $30 million Chesterfield received as part of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, signed by President Donald Trump in March.
The dedicated $50,000 will be directly allocated to the Area Congregations Together Service RVA (ACTS RVA), a regional nonprofit tasked with providing funds, support and other resources to people and families experiencing a financial crisis throughout Central Virginia and metro Richmond.
County renters and homeowners who are having trouble making their monthly rent or mortgage payment, or are simply interested in learning more, are strongly encouraged to call and leave a message at 804-644-2401. Interested residents who meet the following qualifications also can fill out this form for possible assistance.
ACT RVA was selected as metro Richmond’s primary relief agency for rent and mortgage assistance by the state after Governor Ralph Northam’s eviction moratorium ended July 1, which is forcing several families – including thousands affected economically by the impacts of COVID-19 in Chesterfield – to find alternative ways to make mortgage and rent payments by the end of the month.
Chesterfield will not be handling any direct rental or mortgage assistance for residents affected economically by COVID-19.
Because of a high volume of inquiries and individuals in need of assistance, it may take ACT RVA a few days to respond to each inquiry.
Meanwhile, nearly $1.9 million in grants were awarded to qualified Chesterfield businesses seeking financial relief as part of the Chesterfield Economic Development’s Back In Business (BIB) grant program.
The Board of Supervisors approved allocating $5 million in CARES Act money to launch the Back in Business grant program in June to Chesterfield Businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since June 18, Chesterfield Economic Development has awarded BIB grants to more than 200 county businesses.