New assistance programs now offered to assist renters financially affected by COVID-19

ELKINS — Randolph County Housing Authority’s (RCHA) Supportive Services Department is rolling out new programs to assist with rental and utility payments, reentering the workforce, upskilling for employment, managing finances, and reaching financial stability.

RCHA has partnered with the Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program (MRAP) to assist Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster counties. MRAP is designed to assist West Virginia residential renters with an annual income of no more than 80% of area median income (AMI) who are struggling to pay rent or utilities – because of financial hardship during or due to COVID-19. Eligibility limits apply. Regrettably, these MRAP funds are not available to homeowners at this time.

RCHA’s supportive services team has partnered with MRAP to bring a unique approach to implementing the program, with individualized caseworkers and supportive staff members to help you achieve your goals. Along with rental and utility payment assistance being provided to clients through MRAP funding, RCHA’s Supportive Services Department also incorporates one-on-one casework and stability coaching for their clients to ensure their long-term financial wellness. Part of this goal involves focusing on interaction with local landlords to ensure our communities fully understand the support and services available.

The Supportive Services Department also includes Randolph WORC, located at The Learning Center in downtown Elkins, which provides employment coaching and vocational training, as well as the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), which provides financial coaching and income support counseling. “FOC has positively affected my life by providing me with information and resources to hold me accountable and keep me on track and help me get my financial situation under control so that I can purchase a home in the near future,” boasts one of our participants. “FOC helped me get a shared account started to improve my credit score and being able to talk to someone directly like Lexi T. has been a huge influence in my life,” states another.

The combined programs are designed to offer clients the emergency assistance they need right now and the opportunity to develop financial expertise and career-based skills that will provide stepping stones to a successful and stabilized future.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of any services this department offers, visit the Randolph County Housing Authority’s website at or call at (304) 636-6495, option 5. You may also join us at one of our Kick-Off Events in the various counties starting in April.  Watch our website and Facebook Page for more details about these upcoming events.