August 6 Launch of Manatee Rental Assistance Program

Posted By: Eric Garduño COVID Rental Assistance ,

Manatee County is launching the second round of their CARES Act funded Housing Assistance Program that helps households financially impacted by the ongoing COVID emergency with rental and mortgage assistance. The program will accept up to 500 applications and provide up to $6,000 in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. An overview of full eligibility criteria is available on the Manatee Cares Housing Assistance Program page and more detailed information concerning the program is provided in the Program's FAQs

The County will begin taking applications at 8AM on August 6, and will accept applications through August 20. Applications for assistance must be completed online using the County’s Neighborly Portal. Applicants are required to provide landlord contact information and notice of outstanding rent due as part of the application process. If you have questions regarding the program or the application process, you can contact the County’s telephone helpline, 941-745-6270, or you can email

The County has also provided an informational video on the program, which includes a walk through of the application.

Lastly, these program guidelines give you an overview of the program.