The City's Mortgage, Rent, and Utility Assistance Program (MRU Program) is funded by the CARES Act CDBG-CV funding allocated to the City by the Housing and Urban Development. The program is designed to assist eligible citizens of Odessa directly impacted by COVID-19 pandemic with mortgage, rent, and/or utility assistance.
Citizens of Odessa that meet the Program Eligibility Requirments below should contact our office to be placed on the waiting list. The City's Program is on a first-come, first-served basis.
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Affected by COVID-19: The applicant must have been affected by COVID-19 according to the program guidelines.
Head of Householdmust have lost employment or have had their monthly income reduced to 50% or more due to reduced employment hours related to COVID-19.
Citizenship:All applicants must be U.S. citizens or have long-term legal residency status.
Income guidelines: The total household income cannot exceed the income limits set by HUD. This program assists low to moderate-income families as defined by HUD as 80% or less of the Area Median Income for the household size.
Property: The property must be located within the city limits, and the applicant must be listed as the Mortgagee, Tenant, and/or named on the utility bill.
Residency: Applicants will be required to provide proof of residency such as lease agreement, mortgage statements, and or utility (Gas/Electric) statements.
Drug and Criminal Activity: Residents of the property cannot have a felony conviction within the last 5 years.