COVID-19 Rental Eviction Prevention Program

The COVID-19 Rental Eviction Prevention Program provides one-time rental and utilities (electricity and water) assistance to eligible Town of Davie residents who have experienced the loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic only. Assistance will only be provided for rents due beginning on April 1, 2020, and onward. Eligible applicants should be able to demonstrate the capacity to make rental payments and meet basic needs once assistance is provided.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is providing the funding for this program?

The Town is utilizing the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program funds, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support this program. The rules and regulations associated with Sections 420.9071- 420.9079 F.S. chapter 67-37 F.A.C. will govern the use of the funds.

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Q. Who is eligible to receive assistance?

Individuals or households that are renters in the Town of Davie. You must be able to document that you were unable to pay your rent strictly due to temporary loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment exclusively as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q. What requirements do I need to meet in order to qualify for the program?

Program requirements are as follows:

  • The applicant must reside within the Town of Davie.
  • Rent assistance is solely available to your full-time residence.
  • Applicant(s) must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) limits established by HUD for the jurisdiction of Broward County, FL. (See rental chart, page 2).
  • Applicant(s) current rent must not exceed SHIP rental limits (not to exceed 120% AMI).
  • Assistance will only be provided for rents due beginning on April 1, 2020, and onward.
  • Applicant(s) must have documentable information to evidence loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that contributed to the missed rental payments.
  • Applicant(s) must have a lease in their or a household member’s name.
  • Applicant(s) should be able to demonstrate the capacity to meet basic needs once payment has been rendered as determined by their household budget assessment.
  • Applicant(s) or household member must not have received any other financial assistance for rent for the time frame payment is requested.
  • COVID-19 Rental Eviction Prevention Program Application
  • Applicant(s) must apply for unemployment benefits and provide support documentation.
  • Applicant(s) or household members must have no liquid assets that exceed two (2) months of the household’s monthly expenses.

Q. Are there income guidelines for this program?

Yes. Applicants must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) limits established by HUD for the jurisdiction of Broward County, FL as follows:

Household Size 30% 50% 80%
1 $18,720 $31,200 $49,920
2 $21,390 $35,650 $57,040
3 $24,060 $40,100 $64,160
4 $26,730 $44,550 $71,280
5 $28,890 $48,150 $77,040
6 $31,020 $51,700 $82,720
7 $33,150 $55,250 $88,400
8 $33,310 $58,850 $94,160

Q. Are there any rental limits for this program?

Yes. Applicant(s) current rent must not exceed the following rental limits adjusted for bedroom size: Rent Limits by Number of Bedrooms

Number of Bedrooms in Unit 120% Rent Limit
0 $1,872
1 $2,005
2 $2,406
3 $2,781
4 $3,102
5 $3,423

Q. If I qualify, how much funding can I receive?

The Town will assist with an initial payment of two month’s rent not to exceed $7,300.00, which includes utilities (electricity and water). This $7,300.00 limit includes a one-time rent payment to cover two (2) month’s rent and a nonguaranteed additional 3rd month’s payment that may be considered on a case-by-case basis, after reevaluating income COVID-19 Rental Eviction Prevention Program Application for eligibility and the presence of the availability of funds within the program.

Q. How many times can I receive assistance?

Only once.

Q. Does the applicant have to repay the funds?

No.

Q. I am behind on my rental payments for the month of February, am I eligible for assistance?

No. Assistance will only be provided for rents beginning on April 1, 2020, and onward. Assistance is only available to those who can provide evidence that they experienced a loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q. I have just received a stimulus check and/or income tax return. Should I pay for my rent?

Yes. Do not miss paying your rent if you can make the payment. During this time of delay, if you are currently behind, you should attempt to communicate with the landlord about getting caught up. But, do not wait to receive notice in order to take action. You should always open your mail and/or read correspondence received from your landlord.

Q. What kinds of housing units can be rented?

Units such as apartments, houses, townhouses, and mobile homes are allowable.

Q. How do I apply for the Program?

Send an email to COVID19Rent@davie-fl.gov. An application will be sent to you within 24 business hours; please note our updated business hours. The application is also available on our website at www.davie-fl.gov

Q. How do I submit my application?

Completed applications will ONLY be accepted through mail:

Mail to:

Town of Davie

Community Services Division

4700 SW 64th Avenue, Suite D

Davie, FL 33314

All applications MUST BE enclosed in a plain sealed envelope marked “Rental Eviction Prevention Program” and addressed to the location identified above