Sept. 3, 2020MEDIA CONTACT:
Application Submittals for the Escambia CARES Rent and Mortgage Program to Close Friday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m.
Due to the high volume of submissions received since applications opened on Tuesday, Sept. 1, Escambia County will temporarily close application submittals on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, at 5 p.m. CST, for the Escambia CARES Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program to allow staff to review applications. All applicants will be notified by county staff regarding their eligibility, and the county asks applicants for their patience during the review process.
Application windows for future rounds of funding for rent and mortgage assistance will be announced at a later date. Funding in the amount of $813,451 for this program was made available by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation Coronavirus Relief Funds and eligibility requirements were set by the state.
The Escambia CARES Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program is separate from the Escambia CARES Family Emergency Financial Assistance Grant or the Escambia CARES Business Emergency Financial Assistance Grant Programs. The dates to apply for these programs will be announced soon.
Eligible applicants for the Escambia CARES Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program must have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible expenses must occur between March 1, 2020, and Dec. 30, 2020. Maximum assistance will be $3,000 per household and will be paid directly to the landlord, mortgage or utility company.General eligibility requirements for the Escambia CARES Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program:
Income requirements for the Escambia CARES Rent and Mortgage Assistance Program are as follows:
- Escambia County resident (including City of Pensacola and Town of Century)
- Income adversely impacted by COVID-19 (include proof)
- Total household income cannot exceed 120% Area Median Income
- This program is for past due rent, mortgage and utilities ONLY. Utility assistance can only be provided in conjunction with mortgage or rent assistance.