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Pasco County Rental Assistance Programs

Posted By: Eric Garduño Advocacy News , Coronavirus (COVID-19) , COVID Rental Assistance , Industry News ,
UPDATED 8/27/2020
Pasco County has three main ways they are providing rental assistance to residents financially impacted by the COVID emergency and each is described below.  Please share this information with your residents.  Note that an applicant may receive assistance from only one program.  The County and its nonprofit partners are coordinating application review to ensure there is no duplication of assistance.

Option #1:  

SHIP Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) - Begun the week of 8/24/20, this one-pager provides details on the program or you can read about it at https://www.pascocountyfl.net/385/Community-Development.  In summary, the program will provide up to 9 months of rental assistance.  To be eligible, household income must be under 120% of Area Median Income at the time of application.  The program is only accepting completed paper applications.  You can download a copy of the application at https://www.pascocountyfl.net/385/Community-Development, or you can pick up a copy of the application at one of several locations listed in the one-pager.  Completed applications, with all required documentation, should be mailed to, or dropped off at, Community Development, 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey, FL 34668.  If you have questions about this program, you can call the Pasco County Community Development Department at (727) 834-3447.  

Option #2

8/27/2020 UPDATE - The County has announced that it will accept applications for the next round of assistance on September 1, beginning at 9AM.  Additionally, the County has increased the number of applications it will accept to 800.  Nevertheless, we anticipate these open slots will fill up within minutes of applications being available online.  Assistance is capped at $3,500, and to be eligible the household must be below 80% Average Median Income.  To apply, please follow this link, bit.ly/2EtSEml on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 9 a.m.


The County has offered multiple rounds of CARES Act rental assistance to up to 150 people during limited application windows.  To apply, you must follow a link provided by the County.  In previous rounds, the 150 open slots have filled up within minutes of the application site going live.  The County is currently planning to have at least two more open windows – one in September and one in November.  We will update this post once we have more infomration concerning the next open windows.


Option #3

Pasco County has provided funding to some local nonprofits to help residents with rental assistance.  Assistance is capped at $3,500 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applicants need to contact each nonprofit directly to apply for funding.  The list of non-profits who are working with the County to administer this funding is provided on this website:
https://www.pascocountyfl.net/4385/Pasco-Community-CARES.