ATLANTA — Residents of the Atlanta metro area are struggling to pay their rent due to soaring rent prices.

Ashli ​​Lincoln, Channel 2 investigative reporter learns that several counties are providing options to help people avoid homelessness due to rent increases.

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond says things are so bad they need to pivot to fill a needed void.

“Prices skyrocket in a very short time,” he said. “And we need to respond so people can stay safe in affordable housing.”

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Thousands of people are lining up to receive rental assistance.

On Wednesday, the county announced plans to issue $25 million from the state to help those in need of housing assistance.

“We were working with a lady today and her rent went from $1,000 to $1,800,” Thurmond said.

Kimberly Haughton, a single mother of two, says her rent jumped by $500.

“I just can’t imagine that’s our reality,” she said.

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In Douglasville, tenant Dany Roberson says she is among dozens of seniors on her property who are facing the possibility of moving out after learning their rent was going up $400.

“It’s my house and it’s hard to face the fact that I might not be able to say it,” Roberson told Lincoln. “At our age, we just want peace, knowing you’re okay.”

Lincoln found that since the start of the pandemic, the City of Atlanta and the counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Cobb have collectively distributed more than $159 million in state and federal funds.

Thurmond says it’s not something that was done before the pandemic.

“We are so grateful to have additional resources,” Thurmond said.

Many housing assistance programs only provided assistance to those going through difficult times due to the pandemic, but do not help people who cannot pay their rent due to rising housing prices. rents.

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You can click here to access assistance programs in Georgia State, Cobb County, Fulton County, and Gwinnett County.

There are also non-profit organizations in the metropolitan area that may be able to help.

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