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New Emergency Rent Assistance Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Application Portal is Now Open!

The Broward County Commission has received approximately $53 million in funding from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), in an initiative that enables local governments to allocate emergency funding to residents who are suffering financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are behind on your rent or utilities, or unable to pay your current rent, the ERAP can help. Even if you applied for and were denied under previous COVID-19 rental assistance programs, apply again! This is a new program with an easier application process and requirements for applicants and landlords.

Eligibility​​

An "eligible household" is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
  • Qualifies for unemployment due to COVID‐19, has experienced a reduction in household income due to COVID‐19, or has incurred significant costs due to COVID‐19 or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID‐19; 
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability (including eviction notice, utility shutoff notice, past due rent notice, past due utility notice, or any other evidence of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions or housing stability); and
  • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income.

2021 Income ​Category Chart
​Household Size​

​Income
​1
$49,300​
​2
$56,350
​3
$63,400​
​4
$70,400
​5
$76,050
​6
​$81,700
​7
$87,300
​8
​$92,950 
NOTE: If your annual household income is at or below the maximum income limits in the chart above, you may qualify for this Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Eligible Expenses

  • Rent
  • Past due rent, including contracted late fees
  • Past due utilities, including electricity, gas and water

Level of Assistance

  • Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance (measured from March 13, 2020), plus an additional 3 months if the applicant is able to demonstrate that the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and funds are availa​ble.
  • Assistance will be provided to reduce an eligible household’s past due rent ​before the applicant will be evaluated for its eligibility for assistance for future rent payments.
  • Assistance for future (i.e. non‐delinquent) rent expenses may be provided for up to three months at a time. Households must reapply for additional assistance at the end of the three‐month period if needed so long as the overall time limit for assistance is not exceeded.
  • Applicants will be required to provide documentation to support their eligibility for assistance.

Payment Method

  • Rental assistance payments will be made to either landlord or tenant. Utility payments will be made directly to utility providers.

No Duplication of Benefits​

  • Assistance provided for an eligible household may not duplicate any other assistance, including federal, state, and local assistance provided for the same costs.
  • An eligible household that occupies a federally subsidized residential or mixed‐use property may receive assistance, provided that funds are not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance.
  • If an eligible household receives a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance) and the tenant rent is adjusted according to changes in income, the renter household may receive ERA assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent or utilities that is not subsidized.

On-Site Application Intake Locations

  • ​The addresses​ of the intake locations will be shared once they are opened.
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For more information call: 888-692-7203

For non-COVID-19 related assistance, please contact your nearest Family Success Center for services.​