The US Treasury recently allocated $8.6 million in federal funds to help City of Orlando residents in need of rental assistance. City staff is currently reviewing the program guidelines and exploring how the program might be administered to help city residents in need. Program specifics will be considered and approved by City Council. Updates will be posted here on when the program will be open for residents to make an application for rental assistance.
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.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an Order that may stop landlords from evicting some tenants. The order does not automatically protect tenants and action from the tenant is required. Tenants must meet the eligibility criteria and deliver a signed CDC Declaration form to their landlord to be protected. For more information, visit Orange County’s FAQs related to Eviction Protection and Housing Assistance here.
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.