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Rent Assistance Available Statewide

Past-due renters can now get money through the state of Florida

The state opened applications for $800 million in federal emergency rental assistance funding intended to prevent tenants from being evicted. Tenants who are behind on their rent can apply for assistance and possibly get money to their landlords more quickly than if they used a local program.

The Florida Department of Children and Families began accepting rental assistance applications from tenants and landlords last week through its website,, and started processing them on Monday.

Applicants without access to the internet can apply by phone by calling 833-493-0594.

Broward County is now accepting applications for emergency rental assistance.

Funding has been approved and Broward received $59 million to help bring past-due renters and landlords up to date on rent. The county opened its application portal to distribute the $53 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funding. The program will also provide money to pay past-due utility bills.

Tenants who qualify can receive up to 100% of rent they have been unable to pay over the past 12 months and once approved, they can also receive three months of future rent.

To qualify tenants must show:

Broward County residency.

At least one household member suffered a financial hardship from COVID-19.

At least one household member is at risk of homelessness or housing instability.

The total household earns 80% or less than the area’s median income. This ranges from $49,300 for a single-member household to $92,950 for an eight-member household.

Landlords, will be required to provide documentation as well and show proof that they own or manage the property, with a monthly ledger and a signed W-9 taxpayer identification form with their taxpayer identification number.

No money has been disbursed yet, but payments should begin soon as applications are reviewed and approved.

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