Manatee County has $12 million in rental assistance available, Manatee County urges renters and landlords to apply now
County, city residents interested in rent assistance should file 2020 taxes, enroll with online application portal, NOW.
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (February. 16, 2021) – Manatee County officials are urging local residents to take steps now to be ready for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) that will assist renters who are delinquent on rent and who need financial assistance as a result of financial losses from the COVID-19.
Applications are now open (starting, Tuesday, February 16th at mymanatee.org/renthelp for the program that aims to distribute $12 million in grants for rent and landlord-paid utilities for much of 2021. Eligible renters may receive grant funds for up to 12 months of assistance, if needed, through November 2021, whichever is less. Funds will be paid directly to the landlord for delinquent rent bills.
"There have been so many negative local impacts from the global pandemic, but we believe this new Emergency Rental Assistance program will go a long way in helping vulnerable people remain sustainably housed," said Karen Stewart, Manatee County Deputy County Administrator. "We expect ERA funds to help up to 1,500 households each month for much of 2021, but the key for those people to receive assistance is to prepare now."
Manatee County officials say applicants should begin getting paperwork in order now. Doing so will make the application process much easier and could result in the applicant receiving the grant assistance more quickly. Applicants will need to have registered with the County's online application portal,Neighborly. Applicants are also encouraged also file their 2020 IRS tax return for ease of eligibility determination. Applicants will also need documentation that their annual wages or salary have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
A full list of required documents is available now at mymanatee.org/renthelp
Applicants must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI), which is $43,850/year for a one-person household. Those at or below 50 percent of the AMI ($26,800/year for a one-person household) will be given priority, along with those who have documented unemployment for more than 90 days. This is based on the number of people living in your household and the total income for all in your household (including spouse, roommate, elderly parent, adult children, etc.).
We spoke to Geri Lopez, Manatee County's - Redevelopment and Economic Department Director, she tells us all about the program and answers many of the questions you might have about this life line, which can provide up to 12 months of rental assistance, listen to our interview here: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/139-maverick-lulu-28366298/episode/maverick-lulu-spoke-to-geri-77704694/
For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter @ManateeGov.