With the economic fallout from COVID-19 hitting many people hard, Wayne County says it will use federal government money to help some residents with rental and food assistance.

The county is providing nearly $3.5 million for help with rental payments, and another $400,000 for food. The money comes from the federal CARES Act and other re-allocated federal funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will be distributed by the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency.

Wayne Metro should have the money to disburse within a few weeks, and it will likely go fast since aid applications are already “through the roof.” Wayne Metro will team up with Forgotten Harvest to distribute the food.

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