FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 23, 2021
COVID-19 UPDATE #88
BROWARD COUNTY LAUNCHES $53 MILLION EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ERAP)
DAVIE, Fla. - Renters in Broward County seeking relief from past due and unpaid rent and utilities may qualify for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The program launched on April 23, 2021, by the Broward County Commission. With a $53 million grant from the U.S. Treasury, Broward County hopes to help stabilize housing and provide greater peace of mind to its most vulnerable renters.
The program will provide eligible households with up to 12 months of rent and utility assistance, plus an additional three months if funds are available and it is determined the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability.
Funds must be used to reduce the household’s past due rent and/or utility bills before future payments can be made. Once past due amounts are reduced, future payments for up to three months at a time can be considered. The program will not provide funds to residents already receiving federally funded rental assistance provided for the same time period.
To be eligible, a household must be renting a unit, apartment, or house within Broward County and include at least one individual who:
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
- Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median.
Applications will be accepted from eligible renters or owners/landlords on behalf of renters as long as the funds remain available. Funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility companies.
To learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, household income, and to apply, visit broward.org/rentassistance/Pages/default.aspx or call 888-692-7203.
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Coordinator
Ariana Briceno, Public Relations Assistant
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