FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 26, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE #61
BROWARD COUNTY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STARTS ON AUGUST 31, 2020
DAVIE, Fla. - Broward County has allocated $25 million in federal CARES Act funding towards a rental assistance program to assist qualified residents impacted by COVID-19. This program will help pay for portions of unpaid rent for the months of April, May, June, July, and August 2020. The application period is Monday, August 31 through Sunday, September 6, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The funds provided are not a loan and does not have to be repaid.
Individuals may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:
- They are a Broward County resident;
- They or someone in their household experienced a documented loss or reduction in income related to COVID-19;
- Due to the loss of income related to COVID-19, they were unable to pay their rent; and
- Their landlord agrees to participate
The assistance equates to a partial payment of rent. For months one and two of the owed rent amounts, the rental assistance program will pay, and the landlord must agree to, 75% of the amount due. For months three, four, and five of the rent assistance, the program will pay, and the landlord must agree to, 60% of the amount due. Late fees, if any, will not be covered by the program.
Payments are made to the landlords, therefore if a landlord is not willing to complete the documents, the tenant will not be eligible for assistance.
Broward County’s Family Success Division is managing the application process and will approve and distribute funds until depleted.
Applications may be submitted online only at Broward.org/CARES. A computer is not necessary to complete the application. It can also be completed on a smartphone or tablet. No in-person applications will be accepted.
Because applicants are required to attach significant amounts of substantiating documentation, residents who believe they qualify are encouraged to begin today to collect documentation required for the online application process. For details, visit Broward.org/CARES. The application must be completed in one sitting and cannot be partially completed, saved, or returned to at a later time.
Examples of the types of documents that may be required depending upon each unique situation are:
- Copy of valid government-issued ID
- Rental lease agreement or Tenant Verification Form, completed by the landlord
- Late notice for past due rent/eviction notice/past due notification
- Evidence of unemployment or loss of income if self-employed
Once a resident’s application is assigned a case manager, he or she may be asked to supply other documents such as bank statements. The website will provide all details on documents that may be required at the time of application.
COVID-19 has impacted many Broward County families in many ways. If you have loss of income not related to COVID-19, and need help during this difficult pandemic, please visit the Family Success Division website to see what other resources may be available to you.
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Coordinator
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