Broward County

Broward County, FL emergency rental assistance program

Broward County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

According to the Broward County Commission, the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has awarded approximately $53 million in funding to the county. The ERAP is a federal initiative that enables local governments to provide emergency financial assistance to residents who are suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The ERAP can assist you if you are behind on your rent or utilities, or if you are unable to pay your current rent.

Eligibility ​​

Generally speaking, an “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meet the following eligibility requirements:

A person who qualifies for unemployment benefits has experienced a decrease in household income, has incurred significant costs, or has experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID19.

When there is a risk of homelessness or housing instability (such as eviction notices, utility shutoff notices, past due rent notices, past due utility notices, or any other evidence of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions or housing instability),

Must be earning a household income that is equal to or less than 80 percent of the Area Median Income.

2021 Income ​Category Chart
​Household Size​
50% Area
Median Income​​
80% Area​​
Median Income
​1 $30,800 $49,300​
​2 ​$35,200 $56,350
​3 ​$39,600 $63,400​
​4 ​$44,000 $70,400
​5 ​$47,550 $76,050
​6 ​$51,050 ​$81,700
​7 ​$54,600 $87,300
​8 ​$58,100 ​$92,950

IMPORTANT: If your household’s annual income is equal to or less than the maximum income limits shown in the chart above, you may be eligible for this Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Applicants with a high level of priority

In accordance with the date of application submission as well as the characteristics listed below, eligible households will be prioritized in the following order of importance:

  • Households with incomes equal to or less than 50% of the area median income
  • Households with a member who has been out of work for at least 90 days prior to submitting an application for assistance are eligible.
  • Households who are currently facing eviction

Expenses that are allowable ​

  • Rent that has been past due, as well as any applicable late fees and administrative fees
  • Utility and home energy bills that are past due (includes electricity, gas, water, and trash removal)
  • If necessary and determined on a case-by-case basis, future rent (up to three months) will be charged.
  • Expenses associated with relocation (includes first, last, and rental security deposit)

Assistance on a Scale of 1 to 10

  • The assistance provided to eligible households will be for up to 12 months (measured from March 13, 2020), with the possibility of an additional 3 months if the applicant can demonstrate that the additional months are required to ensure housing stability and that funds are available.
  • Assistance will be provided to eligible households to reduce their past due rent before the applicant is evaluated to determine whether or not the household is eligible for assistance with future rent payments.
  • Applicants will be required to submit documentation to prove that they are eligible for the assistance they are seeking.

Method of Making a Payment

  • Payments for rental assistance will be made to either the landlord or the tenant. Payments for utilities will be made directly to the utility companies.

There will be no duplication of benefits.

  • Assistance provided to an eligible household may not be used in conjunction with any other assistance, including federal, state, and local assistance, provided for the same costs by any other government agency.
  • In order to receive assistance, an eligible household must be the owner or occupier of a federally subsidized residential or mixed-use property. Funds cannot be used to reimburse costs that have already been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance program.
  • It is possible for a renter household to receive ERAP assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent or utilities that is not subsidized if the household receives a monthly federal subsidy (for example, a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance), and the tenant rent has been adjusted to account for changes in income.
  • At this time, the County is not accepting re-certifications in order to give the County enough time to process applications for households that have not yet received any assistance.

Appeals

  • Denial of rental assistance may be appealed by sending an email to rentalassistance@broward.org with an explanation and all supporting documentation that was submitted with the application.
  • An appeal that is not accompanied by supporting documentation will not be considered.
  • The subject line of the email should read “Appeal,” followed by the case ID number. For example, Appeal-12345 is a valid name.
  • Appeals are reviewed once a week by a panel of judges. Please allow plenty of time for the County to review your request for reconsideration.

Applicants must make an appointment to submit their applications on-site.

Application intake is available in person at the county’s four Family Success Centers in Broward County, at the following locations: It is necessary to schedule an appointment. Applicants who plan to visit one of the intake centers must adhere to the COVID-19 protocols, which are as follows: ​

  • Put on a mask that covers their nose and mouth to protect themselves.
  • Maintain a certain amount of social distance.
  • Attend the scheduled meeting at the scheduled time.

You should call the Family Success Center to reschedule your appointment if you feel sick on the day of your appointment or if you test positive for COVID-19.

More information can be obtained by calling 954-831-ERAP (3727) ​​

If you require assistance with something other than COVID-19, please contact your local Family Success Center for assistance.