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Emergency Rental Assistance

Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program

The County of Volusia's Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program has received the maximum number of applications at this time.  We hope to reopen at a later date and will issue notices to the public in advance when another round of applications will be accepted.  Please continue to check this page for updates.

Program Information:

The Emergency Rental Assistance program has over 20 million dollars available to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  An eligible household may receive up to 12 months of assistance for rent or utilities, including past due rent and utilities.  Households must be re-certified every three months to continue receiving assistance.  An eligible household is a renter household in which at least one or more individual meets and can document the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median. 

Prioritization:

  • Priority 1 – Applicants who are unemployed for the 90 days prior to the application date and whose income at or below 50 percent of the area median income
  • Priority 2 – Applicants whose income is at or below 50 percent of the area median income
  • Priority 3 – Applicants who are unemployed for the 90 days prior to the application date and whose income is at or below 80 percent of the area median income
  • Priority 4 – Applicants whose income is at or below 80 percent of the area median income

Required documents from applicant:

  • Complete application
  • Photo ID for all household members over 18
  • Birth certificates for minors
  • Social security card for all household members
    • Other acceptable documents are MMR records and first page of income tax returns
  • Form IRS 1040 and W-2 for all household members
  • Written attestation of no income (if income is not verifiable due to COVID-19)
  • Current lease
  • Documentation of loss of employment due to COVID-19, including unemployment benefit statements and/or letter from employer
  • Incurred significant cost or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19
  • Current utility bill (if applicable)

Required documents from landlord:

  • Proof of rental arrears and certificate of participation
  • W-9 completed by landlord (if not on file with Volusia County)

Landlords may also apply on behalf of their tenant.  If you are a landlord and wish to apply, please e-mail ERA@volusia.org with your contact information.  A staff member will contact you and help you with the application.  Landlords may also call 386-943-7095 for more information.

Number of Persons in Household

Income Limit by Number of Persons in Household

50% AMI

80% AMI

1

$22,750

$36,350

2

$26,000

$41,550

3

$29,250

$46,750

4

$32,450

$51,900

5

$35,050

$56,100

6

$37,650

$60,250



 




 

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