Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Coming in March/April 2021)

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March 15, 2021

Are you behind on rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Financial help will soon be available through new Emergency Rental Assistance programs through Pinellas County and the City of St. Petersburg. 
You may qualify if: 

  • You’ve lost your job or significant income due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  
  • You’re behind on rent payments or at risk of missing a rent payment, and  
  • You have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). To check your household’s AMI eligibility, visit: www.bit.ly/rental-ami  

Applications open March 31 for Pinellas County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. 
Questions? View the FAQ page for more information.  
Get updates: Sign up for text message updates, including a reminder about the application launch, by texting pinellasrent to 888777.

Program Background 

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, a part of the federal stimulus package passed in late December, makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Pinellas County received $21.4 million to implement its Emergency Rental Assistance Program to support renter populations earning 80% of the area median income (AMI) or less, with households earning less than 50% of the AMI given priority. The City of St. Petersburg, the only other Pinellas County jurisdiction eligible for a direct payment, received about $8 million to implement its similar program for St. Petersburg residents. Check your household’s AMI eligibility here.   

Since early January, community partners and experts have been engaged to help assess community needs and capacity and inform development of a local Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Doug Bevis, Director of Business and Government Affairs