Thursday is the last day Brazos County residents affected by the pandemic can apply for grant money to pay for rent and utilities.
According to a Brazos County spokeswoman, the Brazos County judge and the director of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) made the decision to stop accepting applications more than a year before the deadline and with more than $4 million dollars yet to be spent.
County judge Duane Peters stated in a news release that “When we started this program, our goal was to help as many Brazos County residents as possible, as quickly as possible. We’ve been able to do that, and now feel the state has more resources to help even more people with greater efficiency.”
Brazos County received the $6.9 million dollar grant earlier this year. Commissioners then hired BVCOG to review applications.
As of the end of September, an undisclosed number of recipients received more than $2.1 million dollars. And the county had until the end of next year to distribute the remainder of the money.
Now, the county will wait until current applications are processed to know how much money remains. Once that is determined the county will ask the U.S. Treasury to send the rest to the state.
According to the Brazos County news release, “Residents affected by COVID-19 who still need help with their rent can contact the Texas Rent Relief Program at www.TexasRentRelief.com or 833-9TX-RENT (833-989-7368). The Brazos Valley Council of Governments offers utility assistance programs for those in need: http://www.capbv.org/programs/utility-assistance/.”