Rental Assistance For Those In Need
The Court provides the below resources and links to help those who may need rental or utility assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic find important information. The resources listed here are not intended to be a substitute for legal advice.
- OUR Florida (Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance). Florida’s state government is accepting applications for federal emergency rental assistance funds designed to help struggling tenants and landlords: https://www.ourflorida.com/
- Legal Services of North Florida. Lists resources for housing and utility assistance, including resources for the Tallahassee area: https://www.lsnf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Emergency-Rental-and-Utility-Resources.pdf
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Rental Assistance Finder lists more than 700 emergency rental assistance programs launched by local, state, and tribal governments nationwide: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/renter-protections/find-help-with-rent-and-utilities/
- Escambia County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Portal. The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners provides emergency rental assistance to eligible residents and their landlords. Assistance will be provided to income-eligible residents and families who meet certain qualifications: https://myescambia.com/erap
The U.S. Department of Treasury has collected websites associated with Emergency Rental Assistance programs to help tenants and landlords find rental assistance in their local areas: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/emergency-rental-assistance-program/program-index
Individuals in need of rental or utility assistance should also check their local government websites for additional information.