Hillsborough County to Launch New COVID Rental Assistance
Hillsborough County will launch its new Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) on Tuesday, March 16, which will provide up to $7,500 in rental assistance to households who have experienced an economic hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency. The County is organizing landlord information sessions regarding this new program. Follow the links below to register:
Landlord Information Sessions
The ERAP is designed to have both landlords and residents each complete portions of the application process. The program is open to all residents who meet eligibility in Hillsborough County, including residents in the City of Tampa, the City of Temple Terrace, and Plant City.
Starting Tuesday, March 16, the ERAP will begin processing landlord registrations. On Tuesday, March 23, the ERAP will begin accepting resident applications for households at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI) or with zero income for the last 90 days. On Monday, April 12 the ERAP will begin accepting applications for households at or below 80% AMI.
Below is the text of a communication from Hillsborough County regarding the ERAP program:
ERAP aims to prevent recipients from experiencing further financial hardship or additional consequences to living conditions by providing approved households up to $7,500 for past-due rent and up to $750 for past-due TECO electric bills per eligible household. The program is not only focused on assisting residents, but also working with landlords with rental properties within Hillsborough County, including in Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace.
Landlords play an essential role in ERAP and are encouraged to actively participate to be eligible for funding. Landlords who are registered and have a tenant approved for funding, will receive payments directly for past-due rent. To assist landlords, the program will host several landlord information sessions to discuss the program and what is needed for landlord participation (see dates and times below).
Any income-qualifying Hillsborough resident, including individuals and families in Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace, can apply for assistance. The County urges residents who need assistance to review the eligibility criteria and requirements before applying. This ensures complete and accurate applications are submitted and can be expeditiously reviewed by eligibility specialists. Further information on the program, its eligibility criteria, documentation requirements, and the timeline for the opening of online applications at HCFLGov.net/R3HomeHelp.
Key Dates and links to register for an upcoming information session:
Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m.: Landlord registration begins
Landlord Information Sessions: Wednesday, March 17 at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 18 at 1 p.m., and Friday, March 19 at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, March 23, at 10 a.m.: Online applications will be available for select eligible residents.
If you have any questions about this program, please visit HCFLGov.net/R3HomeHelp or call the ERAP Call Center at (866) 375-9114 to speak with a representative. The call center will open on Monday, March 22, and be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, throughout the program.