Rental Assistance Applications Open February 16

Rental Assistance Applications Open February 16
Posted on 02/01/2021
Eligible Manatee County renters who are delinquent on rent—as a result of income losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic—can apply for financial assistance on February 16 via the Neighborly portal.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) is allocating $12 million in grants for rent and landlord-paid utilities. Landlords of eligible renters would receive grant funds for up to 12 months through this November.

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).

Manatee County officials urge residents who are eligible and plan to apply to start gathering the required paperwork now (e.g. proof of annual wages or salary information) and file their 2020 IRS tax return, to help speed up the process of confirming eligibility and receipt of the funds. See a list of required documents to accompany the application.

Later in the month, Manatee County will announce details for the Mortgage Assistance Program to help local homeowners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments as a result of financial losses from the pandemic. Manatee County will partner with non-profit agencies to provide utility assistance to renters in the near future.

See full Manatee County Government Press Release (1/29/21)