Florida rental assistance programs.

Low income renters, immigrants, senior citizens, and others in Florida can get help paying their rent from local assistance programs that include both charities as well as government resources. Each county and city in Florida offers different forms of support to stop homelessness. Some provide direct financial help to pay rental costs that are overdue. Some agencies offer free legal aid to stop an eviction, government grants from homeless prevention and rapid rehousing programs, or just referrals. A number of solutions are offered.

Counties are listed below. Each region has several (if not more) agencies to contact for 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.

There are also regional 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. The main ones include the following.

  • HUD section 8 vouchers – This is income-based housing, in which the very low-income family needs to pay 30% of their income for their 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) – 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.
     
  • Homeless prevention – Several organizations partner with the Continuum of Care. This resource ranges from free legal aid from attorneys to government ESG grants. Find eviction help in Florida.
     
  • Senior income and supportive housing – With Florida having many retirees and people living on a pension, HUD provides vouchers from Section 202. It is income-based housing for senior citizens. They can often get medical care as well as meals and other support.

 

 

 

 

  • Florida Salvation Army – This faith based, Christian Church has a major operation in Florida. They offer emergency social services, which include limited amounts of rental assistance.

All the local county, town, and city resources in Florida are noted below. Agencies 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 top of the page can be used. Or apply for housing or rent help from one of the regional, statewide resources.

Local Florida rent assistance programs

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

 

 

By Jon McNamara

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