The City of Orlando has been awarded $6.8 million in COVID-19 Relief Funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to provide Emergency Rental Assistance for households that have been financially impacted directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Households within Orlando city limits with incomes below 80% of the area median income ($66,300 for a family of four - see chart below) are eligible to apply for assistance to get current on up to 18 months of unpaid rent. Priority will be given to households with incomes less than 50% of the area median income ($41,450 for a family of four) and to households with one or more members that have been unemployed for at least 90 days.
The city has partnered with KPMG, Tetra Tech, Indelible and Neighborly Software to administer the program to provide financial support to City of Orlando households to get current on up to 18 months of unpaid rent.
Per the Treasury Department’s requirements for this program, in order to be eligible, a household must:
Include one or more individuals within the household who has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic;
Include one or more individuals within the household who demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability;
Have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income ($66,300 for a family of four), with priority given to households at or below 50% of the area median income ($41,450 for a family of four) or that have a household member who has been unemployed for 90 days; and
Submit proof of occupancy in the rental residence – this can include a copy of a lease, rental agreement, rent receipts, evidence of regular rental payments, or any other documents that show proof of occupancy.
Additional City Program Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements:
Rental assistance is provided for past-due rent and up to three months of prospective rent payments. The total amount of assistance, including any assistance received under the first phase of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, may not exceed 18 months.
Room rentals in homeowner occupied or homestead property are not eligible.
The applicant’s monthly rental rate may be no more than $4,000 per month.
Assistance with utility payments will not be provided unless the utilities are billed as part of the lease.
Rental assistance payments will be made directly to the landlord.
If a landlord refuses to participate in the program, eligible tenants will still receive assistance by working with a Housing Stability Services counselor, as long as resources remain available.
Housing Stability Services will be available to: prevent evictions; assist tenants in finding new housing and when necessary, pay fees, deposits, and rent for the new unit; and provide housing-related services for survivors of domestic abuse or human trafficking.
The deadline to submit an application for rental assistance was July 1, 2022. Applications submitted by July 1 will continue to be processed as long as funds remain available. To check on the status of a submitted application, please log in to Neighborly with your user ID and password.
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