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. The online application portal will open on February 1, 2022. Please visit orlando.gov/assistance
for eligibility criteria and program guidelines.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury allocated $8.6 million in federal funds to help City of Orlando residents in need of rental assistance. With high demand and limited funds available, all funds for the program were exhausted in November 2021.
From September to December 2020, the City of Orlando hosted a rental assistance program, a partnership with Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) which helped more than 550 households get current on unpaid rent payments since March 1, 2020. The program was funded with approximately $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) received from the State of Florida. With high demand and limited funds available, all funds were exhausted by the December 30, 2020 deadline.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides up to 39 weeks of assistance benefits to individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors, certain non-profit employees and gig economy workers, as well as to individuals working part-time, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits. For more information, please visit floridajobs.org/cares-act.
Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment)
Reemployment assistance benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be mailed in or filed online using the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) portal. Reemployment Assistance provides temporary wage replacement (unemployment insurance) benefits to eligible individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. You can apply by visiting the DEO portal or filling out the PDF application and mailing it in.
COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Assistance
The City of Orlando’s HOLA Office is providing bilingual (English and Spanish) assistance to seniors 65+ for the COVID-19 vaccine online registration. Please, call HOLA at 407.246.4301 to register today.