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Update - Hillsborough Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Posted By: Eric Garduño Advocacy News , COVID Rental Assistance ,

The Hillsborough County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can provide up to $7,500 in rental assistance to households who have experienced a COVID-related hardship.  The Hillsborough ERAP has begun taking applications from residents who qualify for priority access.  This includes households that are at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI) based on household size or who have a member who has been unemployed for the the last 90 days (see chart below).  Applications will open for households at or below 80% AMI on April 12.  Landlords can register and complete their portion of the application process at any time.

Hillsborough County AMI Chart

AMI      1 person      2 person      3 person      4 person      5 person      6 person      7person      8 person
50%

$24,650 

$28,150   $31,650  $35,150  $38,000   $40,800  $43,600 $46,400
80%

$39,400

$45,000

$50,650

$56,250

$60,750 

$65,250

$69,750

$74,250

On March 17, 18, and 19, the County hosted webinars for landlords to learn more about the ERAP program.  A video of the webinar from March 19 is AVAILABLE HERE.

Additional information regarding the program is AVAILABLE HERE.

Below is a communication recently sent by Hillsborough County regarding this program: 

Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa received federal funding to administer the Rapid Response Recovery Emergency Rental Assistance Program and have opened the online application portal for priority access to select residents on Tuesday, 3/23 at 10 a.m.

Priority access will be given to eligible households with an active lease with past-due payments at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI) as reported on their 2020 Federal Income Tax filing or with zero income during the 90 days prior to the application date. 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.

Information on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the direct link to the online portal, when opened, can be found at HCFLGov.net/R3HomeHelp. The program will accept 1,000 completed applications on a weekly basis. Once 1,000 completed applications have been submitted, the online portal will close. The application portal will continue to reopen to qualifying residents every following Monday to accept its weekly application allotment while funding is available. Eligible residents may fill out an application, even if the portal acceptance is closed, and can save their progress to be prepared to submit a completed application when the portal reopens the following Monday.

Landlords are also still able to register all applicable rental properties within Hillsborough County, including in Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City. Registration is required for landlords to receive payments directly for past-due rent if their tenants are approved.

If you receive questions from residents or landlords about this program, please direct them to HCFLGov.net/R3HomeHelp or to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Call Center at (866) 375-9114 to speak with a representative. The call center is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.