CLEARWATER, Fla. — Pinellas County wants to help more residents stay in their homes.
The county just expanded the eligibility requirements for its Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Any resident who experienced a significant reduction in income or an increase in costs since March 2020 may now qualify for assistance, even if their financial hardship is not a result of the pandemic.
Applicants for assistance previously had to prove a direct or indirect financial impact from the pandemic.
You may qualify to receive money to pay rent or utilities if:
- You experienced reduced income or increased costs during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- You are behind on rent payments or at risk of missing a rent payment;
- You have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income.
For a single person the income limit is $41,350, while it is $59,050 for a family of four.
For questions, call the Emergency Rental Assistance helpline at 855-379-3515. Staff will answer calls Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Help is also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.