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CADC participating in the Arkansas Fresh Start Program

Central Arkansas Development Council will be participating in the Arkansas Fresh Start Covid19 Housing Stabilization Program beginning Monday November 9, 2020.

Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC) whose mission is to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, to help vulnerable populations achieve their potential, and to build strong communities in Arkansas through community action will be participating in the Arkansas Fresh Start Covid-19 Housing Stabilization Program beginning Monday November 9, 2020 in its 19 county service area.
Overview
The Arkansas Fresh Start Program will provide rent payment assistance for Arkansans who have fallen behind on their rent due to the health and economic impacts caused by the Coronavirus.
It will also help landlords who have lost revenue due to the inability of tenants to stay current on their rent payments.
The program is designed to help renters and landlords benefit from the moratorium on evictions enacted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The program is set to start November 9, 2020 and will last as long as funds are available in each county. Assistance is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for assistance underthe program, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:
• Be a full-time Arkansas resident.
• Be a renter with an income at or below 80% of the area median income as
determined by HUD.
Household Size 80% State Median Yearly Approx. Monthly Income
1 $40,450 $3,370
2 $46,200 $3,850
3 $52,000 $4,333
4 $57,750 $4,812
Central Arkansas Development Council
PO Box 580
Benton, AR 72018
501-315-1121
5 $62,400 $5,200
6 $67,000 $5,583
7 $71,000 $5,916
8 $76,250 $6,354
• Either (i.) have an eligible rent expense that was incurred on or after March 18,
2020 that is past due or with notice of pending eviction, or (ii.) have been evicted within the previous thirty (30) days.
• Certify inability to make rent payment(s) owed because of the public health emergency due to unemployment, illness, or another COVID-19 related issue, through the submission of a signed CDC Eviction Moratorium Declaration
Documentation Required
Applicants for assistance under the program must provide the following documentation to demonstrate eligibility:
• Proof of identification of the applicant;
• Verification of applicant’s rent arrearage (past due rent notice/or eviction notice);
• Lease or rental agreement; Landlord name, address, phone number and email address
• Proof of gross income from the month prior to application
• Basic demographic information for all household members(name,relationship to
applicant, DOB,race/ethnicity, employment status, disability status, and education
level);
• Signed CDC Eviction Moratorium Declaration;
• Declaration from landlord in accordance with Section C below; in the event a landlord
will not provide the declaration the applicant will be ineligible for benefits
When a potential applicant clicks on the link for CADC at www.arfreshstart.com (must use Chrome) and completes some basic info (name, address, email, phone), a notice will be sent to one of our program staff who will reply with an individual, secure invitation to apply  CADC would like to invite all news and media outlets to join and share in this event as we intend to bring joy, happiness, and much needed services to families across Arkansas during this pandemic. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”
Ghandi.
Founded in 1965, Central Arkansas Development Council is a private nonprofit community
action agency operating in 19 counties in the state of Arkansas. CADC is a local force in the War on Poverty providing a hand-up, promoting self-help in our neighborhoods and for our families.
We are committed to providing opportunities for empowerment for individuals, families and
communities. For more information visit our website at www.cadc.com, or contact your local CADC office.

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