Chattanooga, TN – According to the statement, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency has opened an online portal that allows renters and landlords to apply for up to 12 months of rent through its new COVID-19 rent relief program.

Renters and landlords are also able to apply for utility payments through the program.

THDA reports this program is for renters in 91 of the state’s 95 counties who have experienced economic hardship as a result of the pandemic and earn less than 80% of the area median income.

To start the application process, a landlord or tenant should access the online portal or call the COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at (844) 500-1112.

Once approved, payments will be made directly to the landlord or utility company on behalf of the tenant. Individuals can monitor the status of their application and payment through the online portal.