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Emergency Rental Assistance

Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program

The Emergency Rental Assistance program has over 16 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 6 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 has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median. 

Priority will be provided to households that have incomes at or below 50 percent of the area median income and that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance.  Income guidelines are exhibited in the chart at the bottom of this page.

Applications will be accepted starting Wednesday, March 10th at 9am.  Applications will not be available prior to this time as they are electronic and submitted on the web.  Starting at that time, interested applicants may submit an application online on this webpage.  Applications will only be accepted from the tenant and not a landlord.  At the bottom of the page is a list of the required documents to determine eligibility.  For those needing more assistance with the application, navigators will be available at the following library branches:

Dickerson Heritage Public Library
Hope Place Public Library
Debary Public Library
Edgewater Public Library
Deltona Regional Library
Ormond Beach Regional Library
Daytona Beach Regional Library
Port Orange Regional Library
New Smyrna Beach Regional Library

Navigators will also be available in the Community Assistance ERA office at 230 N. Woodland Blvd., Suite 262 in DeLand. 

With finite funds available, the county will close the application window after receiving 1,000 applications to ensure assistance is available for all qualified applicants.  As applications are processed and the amount of committed dollars is calculated, additional applications may be accepted to ensure funding is fully utilized.  The county will provide advanced notice should the application window reopen. 

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)

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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