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Orlando FL emergency rental assistance programs

Orlando Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The online application portal will be available starting on February 1, 2022.

Approximately $6.8 million in COVID-19 Relief Funds has been awarded to the City of Orlando by the United States Department of the Treasury for the purpose of providing Emergency Rental Assistance to households that have been financially impacted directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Households within the city limits of Orlando with incomes below 80% of the area median income ($61,050 for a family of four – see chart below) are eligible to apply for assistance to bring their rent up to date on up to 18 months of back rent. Family households earning less than 50% of the area median income ($38,150 for a family of four) and households with one or more members who have been out of work for at least 90 days will be given first priority in receiving assistance.

Payments for rental assistance will be made directly to the property owner.

Several companies, including KPMG, Tetra Tech, Indelible, and Neighborly Software, have joined forces to administer the program, which will provide financial assistance to families living in the City of Orlando who has fallen behind on their rent for up to 18 months.

Please review the eligibility requirements listed below and gather all of the documents required to submit an application. The online application portal will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, for those interested in applying.

Determine Your Eligibility for Assistance

  • According to the requirements of the Treasury Department for this program, a household must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:
  • Include one or more members of the household who have qualified for unemployment benefits or who have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship as a result of, or as a result of, the COVID-19 pandemic, whether directly or indirectly
  • One or more members of the household who demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability should be included in the household.
  • Families with a household income of $61,050 or less (for a family of four), with priority given to families with a household income of $38,150 or less (for a family of four) or with a household member who has been unemployed for more than 90 days;
  • Please submit documentation demonstrating your occupancy in the rental residence. This can include a copy of your lease or rental agreement, rent receipts, proof of your regular rental payments, or any other documents that demonstrate your occupancy.
Household Size Income: 80%  Income: 50% 
 1  $42,750  $26,750
 2  $48,850  $30,550
 3  $54,950  $34,350
 4  $61,050  $38,150
 5  $65,950  $41,250
 6  $70,850  $47,300
 7  $75,750  $47,350
 8  $80,600  $50,400

Additional Program Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements for the City are as follows:

  • Rental assistance is available for past-due rent as well as for up to three months’ worth of prospective rent payments in advance. Including any assistance received under the first phase of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, a total of 18 months of assistance cannot be received at a time.
  • Payments for rental assistance will be made directly to the property owner.
  • The applicant’s monthly rental rate may not exceed $4,000 per month in any given month.
  • It is not possible to receive assistance with utility payments unless and until the utilities are billed as a part of the lease.
  • Providing tenants with Housing Stability Services will help them avoid eviction or find new housing, as well as pay for any fees, deposits, or rent that may be owed on the new unit.

Gather all of the information you’ll need to submit your application and complete it.
The online application portal will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, for those interested in applying.

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