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CARES Act allocates $10 million to Milwaukee County housing assistance

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Ten million dollars from the CARES Act will help people in Milwaukee County pay their rent and mortgages.

Tens of thousands of county residents face housing and financial instability after Governor Tony Evers' eviction moratorium expired.

The majority of the funding -- or 7 million -- will go towards eviction prevention by helping pay for rent.

Two million will fund housing alternatives to those whose housing options are limited because of the pandemic.

The remaining one million will provide mortgage assistance for households that need short-term financial support.

The money is especially important for the African American community which has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

"African American families represent 80-percent of enrollments in our eviction prevention program," said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. "If individuals are evicted, especially as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, our black communities will suffer he most."

This is just one of many initiatives that'll roll out in the coming weeks.

Anyone who is facing housing insecurities should call the Housing Resource Center at 414-270-4646 or go to communityadvocates.net.

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