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D.C. Sets Application Deadline for Rent Relief Program

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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