Landlord and Resident Rental Assistance Help Available

Posted By: Eric Garduño COVID Rental Assistance ,

County and State programs that provide Rental Assistance for residents experiencing an economic hardship due to the COVID emergency still have funding and are taking applications.  Additionally, there are active programs in our area that are willing to work with property managers and landlords to trouble shoot pending assistance applications and work with you and your resident to complete applications for assistance. 

Hillsborough County One-on-One Meetings

Hillsborough County’s Department of Social Services, which runs the County’s E3 Rental Assistance Program, is taking appointments for one-on-one meetings with property managers to review and troubleshoot pending applications for assistance.  The meetings will be with County staff and you can review the status of the applications for all your residents.  Many BAAA members have already gone through this meeting, leading to the resolution of many pending resident applications.  If you are interested in setting up a one-on-one meeting, please contact me, Eric Garduno, at and I can facilitate scheduling an appointment with the County. 

Pinellas County Community Partners

Pinellas County has pulled together this one-page flyer to educate landlords about their ongoing emegency rental assistance progra.  Additionally, Pinellas County is working with various community partners to provide assistance to residents who are having trouble applying due to technology or language barriers.  If your residents need one-on-one assistance, staff at each of these organizations have been trained to help.  The list of organizations is AVAILABLE HERE.

Pinellas/Manatee/Sarasota Counties - Gulfcoast Legal Services Individualized Assistance

Gulfcoast Legal can provide individualized help completing assistance applications for residents who qualify for their services and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) in in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.  Gulfcoast can even send a representative to your apartment community to provide in-person help to your residents.  Additionally, Gulfcoast can help troubleshoot application issues in Pinellas and Manatee Counties for applications that have already been filed, and can reach out to Sarasota County and Our Florida.  Many BAAA members have already worked with Gulfcoast to get the help their residents need to apply for rental assistance. 

For help in Pinellas County, please reach out to Arleen Berrios at 727-821-0726, extension 273.  For help in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, please reach out to Robin Stover at 727-821-0726, extension 129.

Pasco County Landlord Liaison

Pasco County continues to offer property managers and landlords, and their residents, individualized assistance through the Pasco HEART’s Landlord Liaison, Kelly Miller.  Property managers and landlords are encouraged to contact Kelly directly to make arrangements for application completion assistance to check the status and/or troubleshoot any pending applications.  You can reach Kelly by email at or by phone at 727-834-3447.

You can also learn more about the various rental assistance programs by visiting the below links:

Our Florida (throughout Florida)

Hillsborough County

Pinellas County

Pasco County

Polk County

Manatee County

Sarasota County