Is emergency rental assistance available?

Are you behind on rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Emergency rental assistance is available for Tampa Bay area residents in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.

Learn about the programs offering financial help, the eligible household income level, and the documents you'll need to apply.

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Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

Statewide

OUR Florida
Eligible Florida renters can qualify for up to 15 months of rent and utility payments. This includes 12 months of past due rent and utilities and three months of forward-looking rent payments.

Hillsborough

Hillsborough County Housing Stability Program
This program is open for eligible residents with a household income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) or with zero income 90 days prior to application date.

Pasco

Pasco H.E.A.R.T.
This program is open for eligible residents with a household income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). Households that have experienced unemployment and are under 50% AMI will be prioritized.

Pinellas

Pinellas County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
This program is open for eligible residents with a household income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI).

Questions & Answers

What is Area Median Income (AMI)?

Area Median Income or AMI is the midpoint of a region's household income distribution. Eligible applicants for emergency rental assistance must have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). See the list below for the household income limits by number of household members.

  1. Up to $39,400
  2. Up to $45,000
  3. Up to $50,650
  4. Up to $56,250
  5. Up to $60,750
  6. Up to $65,250
  7. Up to $69,750
  8. Up to $74,250
  9. Up to $78,750
  10. Up to $83,250

What documents do I need to apply?

Typically, you'll need the following documents to apply for emergency rental assistance:

  • Current lease
  • Landlord W-9
  • Landlord verification
  • Government issued ID
  • Letter from employer, unemployment office or doctor stating job loss, reduced hours and/or quarantined due to COVID19
  • Provide past due payment notices from the landlord or property management company
  • Provide sources of current annual income for all household members for the last 30 days
  • Social Security benefit statements
  • Pension statements
  • Valid social security identification and valid state issued photo identification for each household member

NOTE: More information may be requested.

Are you a Hillsborough County renter having housing problems? Help is available!

The Hillsborough County Housing Stability Program provides Hillsborough tenants the knowledge, resources, and services to effectively, efficiently, and amicably solve their disputes with their landlords outside the court system.

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The Legal Information Center is a free program to provide information to people who are representing themselves in Family Law cases in Hillsborough County. Get the information you need to make an informed decision about your case.

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If you live or have a case in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas or Sarasota counties, we may be able to help.

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