Orlando’s city rental assistance program set to close Tuesday; here’s how to apply

ORLANDO, Fla. — The city of Orlando’s rental assistance program will be closing Tuesday.

The program provides support to residents impacted by COVID-19 by providing funding to cover rent payments that have not been made since March.

The program is a partnership with Heart of Florida United Way.

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The program originally opened for 10 days in September and has provided nearly $700,000 in financial support to more than 220 households, according to a news release.

It is funded with about $1.5 million in state coronavirus relief funds provided by the CARES Act.

Eligibility requirements for rental assistance include:

  • Live within city of Orlando limits
  • Experienced a COVID-19 hardship such as a furlough, layoff or reduced hours at work
  • Paid February 2020 rent payment
  • Have a current or month-to-month lease agreement for the rental of a residence or partial residence (this can include the rental of a room)

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Residents must supply the following as part of their application:

  • Certification rent payments have not already been covered by federal benefits or other charitable donations
  • Certification of a financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Copy of lease agreement
  • W-9 form completed by tenant’s landlord
  • Copy (or copies) of driver’s license or government-issued identification for each adult household member claiming a COVID-19 hardship

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The program will provide up to $12,500 in assistance to cover unpaid rent payments from March 1 through Dec. 31.

Click here to apply.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.