Kettering OKs more emergency rental help for Centerville, other suburbs

KETTERING — The city of Kettering is seeking more in federal emergency rental assistance funds to help south suburban residents avoid eviction.

Kettering wants $750,000 more from Montgomery County for a program it has already received about $4.4 million in federal money to keep renters impacted by COVID in the city, as well as Centerville, Moraine and Washington Twp., in their homes.

The city has approved $4.36 million for recipients, but the demand remains strong, said Angela Rahman, Kettering’s community development manager.

A measure on the additional funds was approved by Kettering City Council Tuesday night.

Kettering oversees the program for Centerville, Moraine and Washington Twp. because it is home to the municipal court that handles eviction cases for all four jurisdictions, officials said.

Through mid-June, Kettering had doled out about $3.3 million in federal emergency funds to 750 qualified applicants with about half of those in the previous five months, Kettering records show. At that time, more than 300 applications awaited processing, according to the city.

More than 230 applications had not yet been processed as of Sept. 28, Rahman said. The average monthly rent of clients is $844 and they are about three months behind in payments “when they get to us,” she said.

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