Rental Assistance Programs & Information

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SEFAA has created this dedicated page in order to provide members with timely updates and resources around Rental Assistance Programs. Please read below for more information. 

Please note: The following resources, links, and information are provided for general and informational purposes only. Members should consult with their managers or legal counsel before implementing any new policies or next steps. This information is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

ACROSS THE STATE

The OUR Florida Program website is now LIVE and accepting applications. SEFAA members are encouraged to visit the website and read the FAQ page, which outlines the program details. Some of the notable program highlights are below.

The State of Florida received roughly $871 million from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program that was established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act (Dec. 27, 2020). These funds will be administered by the Florida Department of Children and Families via the Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance (OUR) Florida Program, also known as Our Florida.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Renters will be eligible if they:
  • Rent a home, apartment, or other residential dwelling in Florida.
  • Earn an income at or below 80% of the area’s median income (AMI).
  • Have qualified for unemployment, experienced a loss of income, incurred significant costs, or faced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
  • Are at risk of losing their home, experiencing housing instability, or living in unsafe or unhealthy conditions.

VISIT OUR FLORIDA WEBSITE

In an effort to help members stay informed about the establishment of emergency rental assistance programs across the state, FAA created a Rent Relief Fund Tracker. This tracker includes a list of cities and counties with populations above 200,000 that were eligible to request payments directly from the U.S. Treasury to establish emergency rental assistance programs.

Please note: this is a confidential members-only Google spreadsheet, which will be updated on an ongoing basis as new information about local rent relief programs is released. The tracker is for informational purposes only and should not be shared with the general public. If you have any questions regarding the tracker, please email amanda@faahq.org for assistance.
 

Additional Resources 


LOCAL UPDATES

Palm Beach County 

The Palm Beach County Community Services Department has opened its online portal for Emergency Rental Assistance. Eligible Palm Beach County residents must be a renter household and meet other qualifications. Those who qualify can apply online.
Questions? Call 561-355-4700 or click the button below.

Palm Beach County is now accepting applications for Rental and Utility Assistance. Landlords have 14 days to register as a vendor with the county starting today (Wednesday, March 10).

Broward County 

The Broward County Family Success Division, in partnership with the Housing Finance Administration of Broward County, has funds available through the CARES ACT - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) to help Broward County residents who were financially impacted by COVID-19 with rental assistance. 

Eligibility requirements for the CDBG and ESG program can be found at the link below along with information to contact one of four (4) Family Success Center locations to request assistance. Please contact the number listed on the website.

  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
    • Funds Availability: April 1, 2020 thru April 30, 2022 or until funding is exhausted.
    • Purpose: Rental Assistance
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
    • Funds Availability: April 1, 2020 thru March 31, 2023 or until funding is exhausted.
    • Purpose: Rent, Electric & Gas Utility Assistance

Learn More


Miami-Dade County 

City of Miami: The City of Miami Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERA) 2021 is aimed at stabilizing rental households by helping income-eligible renters within City of Miami limits who are past due in rent (arrears) or have suffered financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City program is made possible with approximately $14.1 million in federal funds from the U.S. Treasury.

Applications will be available starting Monday, March 29, 2021, at 9 A.M.

Visit SEFAA's COVID-19 Updates & Resources page for more local and state information.