Housing help for those in Dartford affected by Covid

A scheme to prevent pandemic-related homelessness when people in dartford fall behind with rent or mortgage payments has been extended.

In 2021, every local council in Kent received a £175,000 government grant to help those at risk of becoming homeless due to a build-up of arrears. The deadline for claiming support was set for the end of March but Local Authorities now have until 30 June 2022 to distribute the funding.

Kent Housing Group, a forum for housing organisations in Kent and Medway, made a successful bid to Kent County Council for a total of £2.5 million from the government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF).

Sharon Williams, Chair of Kent Housing Group, said: “There has obviously been a lot of uncertainty during the pandemic, particularly regarding employment. People who were on furlough, reduced hours or who lost their jobs completely could have easily got behind on their rent or mortgage, which is what this funding is for.

“We need to intervene before eviction is the only option so the earlier those who are struggling get in touch, the better. Although we all hope the worst of the pandemic is over, it is important we prevent Covid outbreaks that come about as a result of insecure and transient housing arrangements.

“Housing specialists at local councils provide support and advice to tenants, landlords and owner-occupiers all year round so whatever your situation, it’s worth getting in touch.” 

Anyone that has housing arrears and needs help with this should contact the Housing Solutions Team using our  Online form or via customer services on 01322 343434.