A Summit County program to help residents pay their rents and mortgages during the coronavirus pandemic is now accepting applications.

Through the Summit County CARES program, eligible residents will receive up to four months of rent or mortgage payments, up to $5,000, with the first round of payments expected to be dispersed in late July or early August.

The United Way will work directly with landlords and banks and issue payments directly to them, not to residents, for delinquent rent or mortgage amounts. The Summit County Department of Job and Family Services will determine eligibility for applicants.

The application period opened Monday and will remain open through July 17. Residents can apply online at summitcountycares.org by clicking the blue “Apply” button. Those who can’t complete the application online can call 2-1-1 to complete the application over the phone.

Eligibility requirements include being a resident of Summit County financially affected by COVID-19 with an unpaid rent or mortgage balance. Residents also must have household income that’s 300% or less of the federal poverty limit.

The figures for 300% of the federal poverty level include: $3,190/month or $38,280/year for household of one; $4,310/month or $51,720/year for household of two; $5,430/month or $65,160/year for household of three; $6,550/month or $78,600/year for household of four; $7,670/month or $92,040/year for household of five; and $8,790/month or $105,480/year for household of six.

There is $6.5 million in assistance available between the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Title XX funding.

There may be a second application window in the future depending on demand. The county is working with Community Action Akron Summit to add a utilities assistance program in the future.