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October 22, 2020

King City offers new housing and utility cost assistance program

KING CITY — The City of King will begin offering a new temporary program providing financial assistance for rent, mortgage and utility costs on Oct. 15.

The program, which will cover up to $1,500 monthly for three months or more, is primarily for households whose incomes have been impacted by Covid-19. Utilities covered include water, sewer, refuse, power and cable/internet, according to City Manager Steve Adams.

Residents whose income was affected by Covid-19 in the past and has since been restored may still be eligible. In addition, those behind on rent unrelated to Covid-19 may qualify for assistance with up to one month’s rent payment under a separate benefit provided by the new program. 

Adams said limits may be reduced or expanded depending upon whether applications exceed funding availability. Applicants’ incomes must be below 80% of the county median to qualify.

The City of King received three grants and additional contributions that will make available more than $275,000 in assistance to the community. Funding was made possible through a partnership between the city and United Way Monterey County, County of Monterey, King City Community Power, California Water Service Company and Waste Management Inc.

To apply, call 2-1-1 beginning Oct. 15 to determine eligibility. For more information, call 831-385-3281.

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