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Emergency Rental Assistance Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Application Portal Now Accepting Applications​

To check on the status of a submitted application, click on the “Apply/Check Status” link below. If your application has been denied and you wish to file an appeal, email rentalassistance@broward.org. Appeals without supporting documentation will not be reviewed.​


​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.

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 has experienced a reduction in household income, has incurred significant costs or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID‐19; 
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability (including eviction notices, 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​
50% Area
Median Income​​
80% Area​​
Median Income

​1
$30,800
$49,300​
​2
​$35,200
$56,350
​3
​$39,600
$63,400​
​4
​$44,000
$70,400
​5
​$47,550
$76,050
​6
​$51,050
​$81,700
​7
​$54,600
$87,300
​8
​$58,100
​$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.
Priority Applicants

Eligible households will be prioritized in the following order based on the date of application submission and the characteristics stated below: 

  • Households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median
  • Households with an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to the application for assistance
  • Households in active eviction status 

Eligible Expenses ​

  • Past-due rent, including applicable late fees and administrative fees
  • Past-due utility and home energy cost (includes electricity, gas, water and trash removal)
  • Future rent (up to three months), if appropriate and determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Relocation expenses (includes first, last and rental security deposit)

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 available.
  • 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.​
  • 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 ERAP assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent or utilities that is not subsidized.
  • The County is not accepting recertifications at this time to allow time to process applications for households t​hat have not yet received any assistance.

​Appeals

  • If an applicant feels they were denied in error, they can submit an appeal to rentalassistance@broward.org with an explanation and all supporting documentation included in the application. 
  • An appeal without supporting documentation will not be reviewed.
  • The email subject should say "Appeal" followed by the case ID number. For example, Appeal-12345
  • ​​​Appeals are reviewed once a week. Please allow ample time for the County to review your appeal.

On-Site Application Intake Locations - Appointment Required

There are four in-person application intake locations in Broward County, at the County’s four Family Success Center locations. Appointments are required.​ ​Applicants going to one of the intake centers must follow COVID-19 protocols:​

  • Wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth​
  • ​Maintain social distance
  • ​Arrive at the designated time

If you feel you are sick the day of​ your appointment or test positive for COVID-19, please call the Family Success Center to reschedule.

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For more information call: 954-831-ERAP (3727)​​


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


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