Greene County ERA Program Tops $1 Million in Community Assistance

Greene County officials announced Wednesday the Emergency Rental Assistance Program has passed more than one million dollars in assistance provided to community members who have had trouble paying rent due to COVID-19 issues.

The County, along with their six partner agencies, have received more than 5,400 calls asking about the ERA program.

The County released this breakdown of calls:

  • 1,848 (direct calls and agency call-backs) were screened for eligibility.
  • 993 appointments were booked according to each partner agency procedure.
  • Of 579 completed appointments, 518 have finalized information from landlords and utility companies.
  • 471 awards have been distributed.
  • To date, the program has awarded $1,071,194.92.

“This pandemic continues to have an impact that reaches far beyond physical health and wellness. That is why programs like the ERA were developed,” Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon said in a statement. “These funds are intended to help ease a financial burden and be a resource for recovery.”

The County received over $8.7 million from the federal government’s ERA program to distribute to the community.

Anyone in need of the services is urged to contact only one of the county’s partner organizations:

  • Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) 417-447-0554
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services 417-889-7474
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks 417-888-2020
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri 417-268-9998
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks 417-887-3545
  • The Salvation Army 417-862-5509

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