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Florida COVID-19 Rent & Utility Assistance
07-30-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
COVID-19 rent assistance
07-30-2020

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We received good news this week in regards to housing assistance for those who have faced hardship due to COVID-19 income changes.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has announced hardship funds for housing and utilities coming available to assist Pensacola area residents. As these funds will be limited, we are in communications with both Escambia and Santa Rosa County to be informed on how you can apply to receive these funds. The state is working on implementing an application process and has not yet finalized this process. Our local Pensacola area counties have received more than $2.5 million dollars for this sole purpose to assist residents with rent, mortgage, and utility bill payments.

  • Escambia County-  While you cannot yet apply, you can call 850-595-0872 and join the waiting list. All you have to do is leave a message with your name and phone number and they will reach out to you once the application is available.  
  • Santa Rosa County- Santa Rosa County is a little further along in the process. They are available to speak with you and answer questions you may have. You may move forward to complete a phone questionnaire and join the waiting list. Call Santa Rosa County at 850-981-7092 to speak with a representative in regards to the application process.
  • Okaloosa County- Okaloosa County has funds too! View the information here.

Unfortunately, we are not sure when these funds will be available but anticipate the funds to be released to them within the week to begin distributing. We have been told that they will help reimburse for past month’s rent and/or help with future payments through December so you do not fall behind on rent due to COVID-19 related income changes. Please note, they will require proof of income changes due to COVID-19 so begin working on gathering this documentation now. Please reach out to the county to begin the process and reach out to us if you have any questions.

These funds are available for both renters and home owners in the state of Florida! 

If you are facing financial difficulty, please know that you are not alone. If you rent from us, we are here to help as much as possible, and we want to work with you. If you are behind on payments or having difficulty making payments, please contact your property manager to discuss. 

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Rent & Utility Assistance Hardship Funds in Pensacola area
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Rent Assistance
07-16-2019

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Statistically, housing costs consume over 1/3 of our income nationwide. We hate to hear when residents have unexpected situations that cause a hardship and that they are having a hard time paying rent. 

If you find yourself in this situation, there are resources in the Pensacola area to help with financial assistance for rent and utilitiy bills. We've compiled a list of resources available in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties should you need them now or in the future.

United Way can provide resources. While they do not provide financial assistance, they do serve as a resource referral center for emergency food and shelter, services for families and senior citizens, health care, child care, services for people with disabilities, counseling and mental health services and more. Call them at 2-1-1 or find them online. 

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance for needs such as rent, utility bills, food and clothing. If you need  assistance due to an unexpected hardship, the Salvation Army provides financial assistance. You can reach them at (850) 432-1579 in Pensacola or (850) 623-4099 in Milton or online. 

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida provides emergency financial assistance for basic needs including financial, food, prescriptions, housing, and utilities. Call (850) 436-6425 in Pensacola or (850) 244-2825 in Fort Walton Beach or visit them online.

United Ministries of Pensacola offers help in a financial crisis with past due rent, mortgage, or utility bills. This assistance is contingent upon having a child in the home under the age of 18. Call their office in Pensacola (850) 433-2333 or online.  

Northwest Florida Area on Aging provides assistance with home energy costs for those who are eligible over 60 years of age should the need arise to pay utility bills or repair heating and cooling systems. Call them at (850) 494-7101 or find them online. 

Community Action Program Committee provides emergency financial assistance for utility bills when in need through their Home Energy Assistance Program. Give them a call at 1-844-356-8139 or find their application online.

Opening Doors offers utility assistance for those who are at risk of getting their utilities shut off. Call at (850) 439-3009 or visit them online.

FavorHouse of Northwest Florida provides assistance to victims of domestic violence including temporary and transitional housing. Call them at (850) 434-1177 or visit them online.

While this is not a comprehensive list, this is a good start in finding assistance from several Pensacola area non-profit organizations that can assist with financial needs in the way of rent and utility bill assistance.

The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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originally posted 01-31-2019


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