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CDC Eviction Order Ending, Rental Help Available Now

Written by Legal Aid WV

07/15/2021

On July 31, 2021, the CDC Order to stop evictions for non-payment of rent will end. The CDC will not extend the order past July 31st.

Even if you have not been evicted, your rent is still due if you have not paid it. When the CDC Order ends, you will have to pay all unpaid rent due at that time or you could face eviction.

If you are behind on rent, you may be eligible for help. The Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program (MRAP) helps West Virginia renters who:

  • Have lost income, suffered economic hardship, or qualify for unemployment related to COVID-19;
  • Meet income requirements; and
  • Have household member who has experienced homelessness or housing instability since March 13, 2020.

If you are eligible, MRAP can pay for:

  • past-due rent and utilities dating back to April 1, 2020;
  • up to three future rental payments; and
  • a one-time internet payment.

More information is available online, along with the application. If you can’t apply online, call the MRAP Call Center at 866-623-6284 to ask for a paper application. If you need help filling out the MRAP application, Legal Aid’s Community Navigators may be able to help.

You should apply for help with your rent now, before the CDC Order ends. You can apply for help even if your landlord hasn’t filed court paperwork to evict you. If you are eligible, the funds will generally be paid directly to your landlord or utility company.

If you are being evicted and need legal help, you can apply for Legal Aid by calling 1-866-255-4370 or complete our Online Application and we will contact you.

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