The City of Greensboro Emergency Rental Assistance program funding dashboard is posted on the City of Greensboro website and can be accessed here: GERAP Dashboard.
According to the dashboard, the city has received $13,089,005 in federal rental assistance funding and disbursed $12,928,550. Those disbursements are broken down into $661,770 in utility assistance and $12,266,780 in rent assistance, which leaves $160,455 pending. In other words, the city has paid out the vast majority of rental assistance funding it has received from the federal government to help people make it through the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions without being evicted or having their utilities disconnected.
The dashboard has an interesting feature that can most likely be attributed to an election coming up sometime next year. Instead of the funding chart being based on the five City Council districts, it is based on the district city councilmembers, even though it is federal funding and councilmembers were not involved in how the money was distributed. So according to the dashboard, District 1 City Councilmember Sharon Hightower is the big winner with about $3.5 million going to her district. District 5 Councilmember Tammi Thurm finished second with $2.9 in funding. District 2 Councilmember Goldie Wells is third with $2.6 million in funding. District 4 Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann is fourth with $2 million in funding and District 3 City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Justin Outling finished last with $1.5 million in funding.
Of course, the big losers on this chart are Mayor Nancy Vaughan and At-large City Councilmembers Yvonne Johnson, Marikay Abuzuaiter and Hugh Holston who receive no credit for any rental assistance funding.
Even the map on the dashboard has the names of the councilmembers over their districts rather than the district number. The dashboard clearly implies that the councilmembers, not the federal government, were responsible for the funding.
The federal rental assistance funding has gone to 2,646 households in Greensboro.
Of those households, 1,562 are below 30 percent of the average median income for the area, 491 are below 50 percent of the average median income and 583 are below 80 percent of the average median income.