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Rental assistance in Florida.

Low income families, the disabled, senior citizens, and single mom in Florida will get help paying their rent. There are local charities, churches and non-profits that help struggling tenants. Each county and city offers different forms of rental assistance to stop homelessness. Some provide financial help to pay housing while other places offer free legal aid to stop an eviction, government grant money, or just referrals. Find how to get help near you with rent in the state of FL.

Counties are listed below. Each region has several (if not more) organizations to contact for temporary or emergency rent or security deposit help. They may combine resources such as loans or government grants, or a charity may used donated funds to help the low-income Florida tenant with their housing needs.

Find help with rent in FL from charities or government programs

There are also regional as as well as statewide rental assistance programs in Florida. These really cover the entire state, no matter where the family or individual lives. Income criteria will need to be met in order to get money to pay rental arrears, security deposits or even mobile home lot rent . The main ones include the following.

HUD section 8 vouchers are offered throughout Florida. This is income-based housing, in which the very low-income family needs to pay 30% of their income for their monthly rent. It also helps senior citizens, the disabled, single moms, and families living in poverty. More on section 8 in Florida.

Florida Emergency Financial Assistance Program (EFAHP) provide grant money which can help struggling renters pay for housing It is a state government funded emergency program. The money can be used for housing costs including utilities, rent or security deposits, mortgage payments, storage fees, moving costs and more. Continue with Florida EFAHP.

Rent assistance is part of homeless prevention. Several organizations partner with the Continuum of Care as well as HUD to disburse funds. This resource ranges from free legal aid from attorneys to government ESG grants which can be used to help pay rent by people close to being evicted. Find eviction help in Florida.

Senior income and supportive housing applications are available. With Florida having many retirees and people living on a pension, HUD provides vouchers from Section 202 to senior citizens over the age of 60. They can often get security deposit help as well as money for moving and other support. Learn how to get income-based housing for senior citizens.




Salvation Army housing assistance in FL includes funds for paying back rent. This faith based, Christian Church has a major operation in Florida. They offer emergency social services, which include limited amounts of immediate rental assistance. Find details on the Florida Salvation Army.

Free housing programs in Florida will help families with kids or those with little or no income  Some housing programs, including from HUD or the FL Department of Children and Families help the elderly, disabled and single moms get a free place to live. This can include an apartment, public housing unit, condo, or other property, and learn more on free housing.

The Florida Office of Homelessness (part of DCF) as well as Continuum of Care have local operations in each region of FL. They offer financial help for rent to veterans, families close to eviction, the elderly or disabled and others. Emergency housing and government money to pay for an apartment and other support is offered. Read more on programs from Florida Office of Homelessness.

Local Florida rent assistance programs

All the local county, town, and city resources in Florida are noted below, many of which offer emergency rental assistance to qualified tenants. Organizations that may be near you ranging from churches to Florida social service offices, non-profits, and other groups will be listed. However, there are other options too. The search bar at the bottom of the page can be used. Or apply for housing or rent help from one of the regional, statewide resources above.

Select a city or county below for information on applications to rent assistance programs in Florida. There will be resources that can help tenants, including from charities, the government, or social services. Grants, loans, vouchers and more may be offered to low-income renters, the unemployed and/or the homeless.

Alachua County

Bay County

Brevard County

Broward County

Charlotte and DeSoto County

Citrus County and Hernando

Collier County

Dade County and Miami

Duval County

Escambia and Santa Rosa County




Highlands County

Hillsborough County

Lake County

Lee County

Leon County

Manatee County

Marion County

Okaloosa and Walton County

Orange County

Osceola County

Palm Beach County

Pasco County

Polk County

Sarasota County

Volusia County


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