Osceola County

Osceola County accepting applications for $7M in emergency rental assistance

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Osceola County’s emergency rental assistance program is accepting applications for $7 million in aid starting Monday.

The money is available to residents who are past-due on their rent because of hardships caused by or during the pandemic.

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Applicants have to meet the following qualifications:

• 80 percent or below area median income for the household

• Osceola County resident

• Eligible financial hardship during or due, directly or indirectly to COVID-19

• Have not received 18 months of assistance from Housing & Human Services in the past two years

• Delinquent on their rent/utilities

• Must be behind in rent by at least one month

• Must be in a current rental lease

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Eligible hardships include:

• Rental increase of more than 5% to an applicant’s current lease

• Loss of household income in the past six months

• Receiving unemployment benefits in the past six months

• Under-employed in the past six months

• Increase in day care expenses for full-time working head of household by more than 10%

• Seniors who work no more than 30 hours per week who are on social security benefits

• Positive COVID-19 test from a lab

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Click here for more information on how to apply. You can also contact the Osceola County Housing and Community Services at 407-742-8400.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.