Some renters may not know where or how to ask for help. In other cases, landlords are not completing the request for the funds. As a result, many renters are left out in the cold.
Although it’s been months since the national ban on evictions expired, and federal funds are being allocated to programs nationwide to help people stay in their homes, the help has been slow to reach families.
Congress passed $45 billion in rental aid, however, only $12 billion have been spent so far, according to CNBC. Why?
Some renters may not know where or how to ask for help. In other cases, landlords are not requesting the funds.
Despite working with federally-funded relief programs, some Florida residents face evictions—or have already been evicted.
For example, the Tzadik Brookside complex in Orlando did not finish the application for rental assistance through the program Our Florida. Now, because of its negligence, at least seven people have been evicted from that apartment complex. And a total of 35 people have already been served eviction notices this year.
“I understand that I owe back rent, but I’ve been doing my due diligence because I’ve had programs help me,” Angelica Brown told WFTV9 News.
Many programs take applications from both landlords and renters, which means people in need of help should not rely on landlords to seek assistance for their rent.
How to Request Rental Assistance
Each state has various programs that are federally funded, but renters must make sure they are working with a program that the government approves.
The first step should be to visit the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program funded by the US Treasury.
You will then look for rental assistance programs in your area. You will search under Florida and then in your county.
Here Are the 31 Rental Assistance Programs Available in Florida
PROGRAM NAME: Hialeah City Emergency Rental Assistance Program
GET STARTED: http://www.hialeahfl.gov/690/Funding-Opportunities
PROGRAM NAME: City of Jacksonville Emergency Rental Assistance
GET STARTED: https://unitedwaynefl.org/erap/
PROGRAM NAME: Miami Emergency Rental Assistance
PROGRAM NAME: Orlando Rental Assistance Program
PROGRAM NAME: St. Petersburg Rent and Utility Assistance
PROGRAM NAME: Alachua County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
GET STARTED: https://info.alachuacounty.us/2021/ERAP/
PROGRAM NAME: Brevard County COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Utility
GET STARTED: https://www.brevardfl.gov/HousingAndHumanServices
PROGRAM NAME: Broward County Rental Assistance Program
PROGRAM NAME: Clay County Emergency Rental Assistance
PROGRAM NAME: Collier County Assistance Program
GET STARTED: https://www.colliercountyhousing.com/
PROGRAM NAME: Escambia County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP) Program
GET STARTED: https://myescambia.com/erap
PROGRAM NAME: Hillsborough County Rapid Response Recovery Assistance Program (R3)
PROGRAM NAME: Lake County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
GET STARTED: https://lakecountyfl.submittable.com/submit
PROGRAM NAME: Lee County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
PROGRAM NAME: Leon County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
GET STARTED: https://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/cares/
PROGRAM NAME: Manatee County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
PROGRAM NAME: COVID Assistance Program (CAP)
GET STARTED: https://www.uwmc.org/CAP
PROGRAM NAME: Miami-Dade County Emergency Rental Program 2.3
PROGRAM NAME: Okaloosa County Emergency Rental Assistance
GET STARTED: https://okaloosarentalaid.com/
PROGRAM NAME: Orange County Emergency Rental Assistance
PROGRAM NAME: Osceola County COVID-19 Emergency Rental
Palm Beach County
PROGRAM NAME: Palm Beach County Rental Assistance
GET STARTED: https://www.rentalassistancepbc.org/
PROGRAM NAME: Helping with Emergency Assistance Relief for Tenants (Pasco HEART)
GET STARTED: https://www.pascocountyfl.net/4385/Pasco-HEART
PROGRAM NAME: Pinellas County Emergency Rental Assistance
PROGRAM NAME: Polk County Eviction Prevention Program
PROGRAM NAME: Sarasota County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
PROGRAM NAME: Seminole County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program
PROGRAM NAME: St. Johns County Emergency Rental Assistance
GET STARTED: http://www.sjcfl.us/Housing/index.aspx
PROGRAM NAME: St. Lucie County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
PROGRAM NAME: Volusia County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
PROGRAM NAME: Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance (OUR) Florida
GET STARTED: https://www.ourflorida.com/