COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance

General Information:
The COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance Program was created to provide housing, childcare, and utility assistance to any Manassas City residents who are experiencing financial hardship and loss of income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Manassas City Department of Social Services is prioritizing assistance to families and individuals who have lost income, have an increased financial burden, and can demonstrate the greatest need as a result of COVID-19.  Payments will be made directly to landlords or mortgage companies, utility companies, and childcare providers for residents who live within the city limits.  Assistance will be for the following:

  • Rent
  • Mortgage
  • Childcare
  • Utilities (electric, water, gas)
  • Burial costs due to COVID

Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis for immediate need, according to availability and based on guidelines. 

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Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for assistance from the COVID-19 Emergency Financial Housing and Utility Assistance Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a resident of and living in Manassas City.
  • Utilities must be in the applicant’s name for Utility Assistance.
  • Households must provide documentation showing the loss of income or financial impact of COVID-19.
  • Households must have a current and valid lease, sublease or mortgage agreement in the applicant’s name. All landlords/lenders, providers, utility companies must be able to accept a W-9 from the City of Manassas.
  • Applicants must certify that they have not received CARES assistance during the previous 3 months.
  • Applicants must sign a declaration of loss of employment or unemployment.

Who is not eligible?

  • Households requesting rental/mortgage assistance who currently receive a Tenant-based voucher.
  • Households requesting rental/mortgage assistance who are currently residing in Project-based Voucher projects.
  • Households requesting rental/mortgage assistance who are currently residing in Public Housing.
  • Households requesting rental/mortgage assistance who currently receive other government-based rental assistance.
  • Households who do meet the requirements listed above.
  • Households who have received CARES emergency relief in the past 3 months.

Examples of Acceptable Documentation

  • Identification (proof of identification)
  • Copy of pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 paystubs demonstrating loss of income
  • Copy of State Unemployment Benefit record
  • Copy of letter from employer stating a layoff, furlough, or employment termination
  • Copy of reduction of hours statement from the employer indicating cause-related for reduction
  • Copy of utility bill or notice
  • Copy of lease, sublease, or mortgage statement
  • Copy of childcare agreement or contract
  • Copy of letter from your landlord stating that applicant will be or has been evicted
  • A letter or statement from the applicant detailing the loss of income

Assistance Per Household

  • Monthly determination (Up to 6 months of assistance)
  • Eligibility and amounts will be determined by Manassas City Department of Social Services and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All assistance payments will be made directly to landlords, providers, utility companies, or creditor on behalf of the assisted household
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Program Administration
The goal of this program is to process and fund accepted applications within 7 days.  The process is as follows:

  1. Applicants fill out the application form and turn it in.
  • For assistance completing the application form and assembling documents, please call 703-361-8277. This number is only for help in submitting the application.
  1. Assemble the supporting documentation as requested and submit the application package by:

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