MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials say the city of Memphis, Tennessee, and Shelby County have received more than $28 million in federal funds to help residents who have fallen behind in rent payments.
City spokesman Dan Springer says Memphis received $19.6 million from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Shelby County received $8.6 million.
The Commercial Appeal reports the funds came from a federal spending and COVID-19 relief bill that set aside $25 billion for housing assistance.
The program will provide residents with funds for rent, utilities and other housing-related expenses.
Nearly 10,000 evictions were filed in Shelby County from June through December.