Broward expands emergency rental assistance program

Broward County renters in need of help with unpaid rent and utilities can now apply for help.

The county has received an additional $22 million for its emergency rental assistance program. The program will provide eligible households with up to 18 months of rent and utility assistance, if criteria are met.

Applicants who have previously been denied are advised that a new application is not required for reconsideration, unless individual/family circumstances have substantially changed since the first application was submitted.

According to the program website, eligibility would include:

• Household must be renting a unit, apartment or house in Broward County and include at least one individual who meets these five criteria: 1) Broward County resident; 2) Unable to pay full rent during or as a result of a COVID-19 caused financial hardship; 3) Received valid notice of a rent increase you are unable to pay; 4) At risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability (including eviction notice, utility shutoff notice, past due rent or utility notice, or any other evidence of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions or housing instability); and 5) Household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income

• Funds must be used to reduce the household’s rent and/or utility arrears before future payments can be made. Once arrears are reduced, future payments for up to three months at a time can be considered.

• The program will not provide assistance that duplicates any other federally funded rental assistance provided for the same time period.

For more information about eligibility requirements call 954-831-3727, or click on this link.

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