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.
Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
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.
R3 Emergency Rental Assistance 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.
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 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. The AMI for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area is $72,700. 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.
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.
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