TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor DeSantis announced the State of Florida had submitted confirmation to the United States Department of the Treasury that it will take part in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
The program will provide $1.4 billion in emergency rental assistance to Floridians, of which it is anticipated that more than $850 million will be administered by the State of Florida.
DeSantis says cities and counties with a 200,000 and greater population will receive funds directly from the United States Department of the Treasury for the program.
Households meeting the following criteria will be eligible for assistance:
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred high 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 income, with priority given to households below 50 percent of the area median income.
The State expects disbursement of funds under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program from the federal government to eligible units of government to occur in the coming weeks.