WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) announced that Gwinnett County’s Project RESET 2.0 has received an additional $25 million in financial assistance from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The additional funds will allow this essential program to continue providing rental, utility, and internet service assistance through September 30, 2022, and adds to the nearly $46.9 million already remitted to families in the Gwinnett community.
Gwinnett County is leading the nation in delivering direct rental assistance to residents, underscoring the success of this federal/state partnership and Gwinnett’s commitment to helping families endure the pandemic. Among all county ERA recipients in the nation, U.S. Treasury data places Gwinnett County in the top 10 in total ERA disbursements. This assistance to date has prevented 13,614 individuals in Gwinnett County from facing an eviction or utility disconnection and has assisted a total of 4,984 households thus far.
“This funding comes from federal COVID relief legislation that I helped pass to take care of those who are housing insecure and combat growing inequities in housing affordability. I am very proud of the work Project RESET 2.0 has done in Gwinnett. Where other communities have struggled to get this much needed assistance out the door, we have worked together in Gwinnett to create a program that is a national model for helping families get the aid they need to stay in their homes,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux.
Gwinnett County uses ERA funds to run Project RESET 2.0 and provide rental, utility, and internet service relief to eligible renters that became housing insecure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is run in partnership with the Gwinnett Magistrate Court, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and HomeFirst Gwinnett. Community members can apply for Project RESET 2.0 at GCGA.us/ProjectRESET2.
The ERA program is separated into two installations, one of which is funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, enacted on December 27, 2020, and the other under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, enacted on March 11, 2021. These funds are provided directly to local governments like Gwinnett County along with states, U.S. territories, and Indian tribes.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.