Sarasota County Announces it is Expanding it’s Rental Assistance Program
If you Rent and live in Sarasota, there is assistance for you, if you are in need of help, to pay your rent, or back rent.
Sarasota County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program has NOW expanded it's eligibility criteria and it is increasing the number of months of assistance the program provides to eligible applicants, Sarasota County announced Tuesday, January 25th, 2022.
The expansion includes a broader definition of COVID-19 impact, an increase in the maximum number of months of assistance from 15 to 18 months. An additional $4.1 million has been allocated to Sarasota County from the American Rescue Plan Act.
Applicants can use the same application portal available on scgov.net/rent. Applicants who were previously denied for not being affected by COVID-19 will get the chance to continue their application if they qualify, under the new eligibility criteria.
So far, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program has helped more than 754 households across Sarasota County and paid a combined total of more than 5,687 months of rent and more than 2,058 months of utilities.
Sarasota County is committed to identifying opportunities to streamline the application process as updated guidance is provided from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
For more information on Emergency Assistance Rental Program, eligibility and required documents, FAQs, and program ambassadors, visit scgov.net/rent or call 941-861-RENT (7368).