The District of Columbia is expected to resume evictions this week and has made a push to help residents in need with the STAY DC program. (DR Barnes/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** The District of Columbia is expected to soon resume evictions and has made a push to help residents in need with the STAY DC program. (DR Barnes/The Washington Informer)

D.C. officials say residents have until next to apply for a program designed to help with rent and utility bills during the coronavirus pandemic, as federal funding for the program has nearly dried up.

The STAY DC program will stop taking applications at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27. The city was given $352 million in federal emergency rental assistance, but all but about $11 million of it has been spent on or earmarked for STAY DC or other rental assistance programs, WTOP reported.

D.C. continues to push for more federal funds, however, with Mayor Muriel Bowser requesting the Treasury Department redirect unused money from other jurisdictions throughout the country to D.C.

“We’re saying to the federal government that we know that there are residents that still need support, and we want to be able to help them,” John Falchicchio, the District deputy mayor for planning and economic development, told WTOP.

A nationwide eviction moratorium ended in August.

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