Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Rental Assistance Program

Grant Overview

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides up to 18 months of financial support, covering missed rent and utility payments as well as future costs. Renters in Pinellas County can apply for financial assistance if they have experienced a significant reduction in income or increase in costs since March 13, 2020. The financial hardship no longer needs to be a result of the pandemic, as previously required. Rent payments are made directly to applicants’ landlords, and utility payments are paid directly to utility providers.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is jointly administered by Pinellas County and the City of St. Petersburg through a shared application portal. 

ELIGIBILITY

Emergency Rental Assistance Program applicants must be Pinellas County renter households in which one or more individuals meet the following criteria: 

  • Experienced significant financial hardship between March 13, 2020 and present
  • Is behind on rent payments or at risk of missing a rent payment
  • Has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI)

PRIORITIZATION

Priority will be given to the following:

  • Applicants who are facing an active eviction in court; free legal assistance with eviction is available for applicants through community partners of the program
  • The household income is at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI)

How to Apply

Secure Application Portal

For those who may need more direct assistance:
Catholic Charities 
727-893-1313 x155

Additional Resources

With Renter Eviction Protection, renters can be protected from eviction for non-payment of rent due to a pandemic hardship. The federal eviction moratorium ends on Oct. 3, 2021.