Internet Explorer is not supported. For optimal experience, please use Chrome or Edge.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Overview

Seminole County has received funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury intended to provide rental assistance to eligible households negatively impacted due to COVID-19, and the resulting economic environment. Funds shall be used to cover the financial obligation of rent and/or utilities. This County-wide program covers unincorporated areas and all municipalities. The first 3,000 completed applications will be accepted.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a Seminole County resident
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Have a 2020 household income at or below 80% of the Area Medium Income (AMI) of Seminole County and qualify for unemployment or experienced a reduction in household income due to COVID-19.
  • Be currently responsible for paying rent on your primary residence
  • Be currently responsible for paying utilities for your primary residence (unless utilities are included in your rent)
  • Be at risk of housing instability or homelessness
  • Currently NOT on Section 8, reside in Public Housing, or receive a monthly Federal Subsidy for rent
  • Have filed your 2020 IRS Tax Return. If you need assistance filing your 2020 tax return please visit https://www.hfuw.org/taxes/.

Award Details

If you have experienced a loss or reduction in employment income, you may be eligible for up to twelve (12) months of arrears rent and/or utilities assistance.

Application Requirements

If there is a discrepancy between the answers you provide and the documents you attach, processing may be delayed, or you may not qualify for financial assistance at all.

You will need to attach the following documents to your application:

  • Valid Florida driver’s license or ID card scanned copy of the front of your valid Florida driver’s license or identification card
  • Full lease or rental agreement:copy of your lease or rental agreement (all pages and must show your name or the name of someone in your household)
  • Latest utility bills:Copy of your latest utility bills from each of your electric, water, and/or gas providers (must have your name or the name of someone in household on them)
  • Signed 2020 IRS Tax Return(s):the 2020 tax return(s) must be for the head of the household as well as other non-dependent adult contributing members
  • Valid identification documentation for household members: scanned copies of identification documents for all members of the household (examples include: State issued IDs or Passports for all other adult household members, birth certificates for children, school enrollment documentation for children, school immunization records for children). If other adults household members are listed on your current lease agreement or 2020 Tax Return, that will be acceptable proof of identification.
  • Proof of loss of wages:choose an option below (any evidence you provide must have YOUR name on it or the name of someone in your household)
    • Furlough or lay-off letter from employer
    • Unemployment statement
    • Company-issued proof of loss statement
    • Profit & Loss statement for self-employed individuals (click here for an example)

If you are unsure about whether your documentation is acceptable, please call us for assistance at (877) 573-9375.

If you are approved for financial assistance, payment will be made directly to the landlord and/or utility provider on your behalf. Please make sure all of this information is correct or your application may be rejected.

Additional Disclosures

Additional Terms and Conditions for all applications are located here. When you submit an application, you agree to these Terms & Conditions, so please make sure you read them before you apply. Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • FAIN number: ERA0096
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) established the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. The funding provided by the ERA program will assist eligible households that have difficulty making timely payments of rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the ERA program, Treasury will make payments directly to States (including the District of Columbia), U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and Indian tribes (defined to include Alaska native corporations) or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian tribe, as applicable (collectively the “eligible grantees”). Treasury must make direct payments to the eligible grantees no later than 30 days after December 27, 2020. Eligible grantees must use not less than 90 percent of the awarded funds to provide financial assistance to eligible households, including payment of rent, rental arrears, utilities and home energy costs, utilities and home energy costs arears, and other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible grantees may use the remaining funds to provide housing stability services to eligible households, including case management, other services intended to keep households stably housed, and administrative costs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: Seminole County, FL
  • CFDA number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non-R&D