Advice For Florida Renters & Homeowners (Updated 7/23/2022)

HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE FUND PROGRAM

  • The Florida Homeowner Assistance Fund: The Florida Homeowner Assistance Fund is a federally funded program that may be able to offer you relief for mortgage payments and other homeowner expenses.
  • Register now HERE.

HOMETOWN HEROES PRORGRAM:

  • This is a new program that provides some professions with support in purchasing a home. Learn more here.

CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM NO LONGER IN PLACE TODAY.

  • On August 26, 2021 the Supreme Court of the United States blocked the Biden administration’s Covid-related eviction moratorium.
  • So now, there is no moratorium in place. Learn your rights when faced with an eviction here: http://communityjusticeproject.com/eviction

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) debuted a new tool (www.consumerfinance.gov/renthelp) that allows landlords and renters to find rental assistance programs in their area.
  • Orange County Rental Assistance: Click here to learn more but know that at this time Orange County is accepting NO new applications at this time. If you have applied for Orange County assistance and now have an eviction filed in the Court, please call 3–1–1 with your eviction number to have your application expedited.
  • City of Orlando: Their rental assistance program is here but is no longer accepting new applicants.
  • State of Florida, OUR FLORIDA: Click here to learn more — THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.
  • Please contact your local County Commissioner and/or City Commissioner to see what rental assistance programs may be available AND/OR visit www.consumerfinance.gov/renthelp

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FACE AN EVICTION OR FORECLOSURE?:

Visit https://florida.evictionprotection.org to learn more about your renter rights.
Remember: Your landlord (or bank) is not allowed to physically remove you from possession of the property without a court order. Your landlord should also NOT interfere with utilities, change the locks, etc.

COMMUNICATE TO YOUR LANDLORD:

Always express to your landlord the efforts you are making to pay rent. Explain to them the broken unemployment system, and the delay in receiving rental assistance. Ask if they sought forbearance from their mortgage, and/or see if a payment plan can be crafted. Also confirm if the mortgage is federally-backed, or if the apartment was constructed via low-income housing tax credits. Sometimes that can offer additional protections.

SEEK LEGAL SUPPORT:

If you are facing an eviction or foreclosure, please seek leal support. Below are pro-bono options.

HOMELESS AND/OR PRECARIOUSLY HOUSED

Many Central Floridians live in hotels or find themselves homeless. Here are a list of resources to consider if you and/or your family are in this situation.

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Anna V. Eskamani

Anna V. Eskamani

Orlandoan, daughter of working class immigrants and UCF grad elected to serve FL HD47. Working for you, fighting for us. #OnwardWithAnna