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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Services

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Moving families beyond poverty.

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, emergency services are being offered to income-eligible households who experienced a loss in employment income and have no other available resources. Priority will be given to households with a complete loss of income.

Eligible households must meet the following requirements:

  • Suffered a hardship resulting in a loss of employment income due to COVID-19;
  • Live in St. Lucie County unincorporated;
  • Be at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. Proof of income required.

PROOF OF CORONAVIRUS HARDSHIP IS REQUIRED.

Income guidelines below:

Household Members

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Income Limit

$25,520

$34,480

$43,440

$52,400

$61,360

$70,320

$79,280

$88,240

 

St. Lucie County residents interested in receiving assistance should complete the questionnaire below. If you need assistance completing the online inquiry, please contact 772-462-1777, press 0.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the program pay for?

Income eligible households may receive financial assistance for emergency services such as rental assistance or childcare needed to maintain employment. Priority will be given to households with a complete loss of income.

Utility assistance will not be provided, please contact the LIHEAP providers for this type of assistance.

PROOF OF CORONAVIRUS HARDSHIP IS REQUIRED.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Applicants must have sustained a loss in employment income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to households with a complete loss of income. Applicants must currently reside in St. Lucie County and the household income may not exceed 125% of the Federal Poverty Level. Applicants living with their spouse or partner are considered a household. The household must also demonstrate a need for service(s).

PROOF OF CORONAVIRUS HARDSHIP IS REQUIRED.

Am I eligible if my only income is from Social Security?

No, emergency services are strictly reserved for individuals with no other available resources who have lost their employment income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to households with a complete loss of income

PROOF OF CORONAVIRUS HARDSHIP IS REQUIRED.

How do I determine which jurisdiction I live in?

If you are unsure if you reside in St. Lucie County unincorporated, please visit the St. Lucie County Property Appraiser website to conduct a property search of your address to view your property card. If it states "Jurisdiction: St. Lucie County" you reside in St. Lucie County unincorporated. Residents that live in the city limits of Fort Pierce or Port Saint Lucie may contact the following resources:

Port Saint Lucie: (772) 871-1775 or visit their website

Fort Pierce: (772) 467-3000 or visit their website

How is income eligibility determined?

Income eligibility is based on the household’s most current economic situation. Gross income must be used per grant guidelines. Applicants living with their spouse or partner are considered a household. Verifying documentation required. The household must also demonstrate a need for service(s). The household cannot have any other available resources.

What is considered income?

The following is considered income per grant guidelines:

  • Money wages and salaries before any deductions;
  • Self-employment wages after deductions for business expenses;
  • Social Security payments;
  • Unemployment;
  • Worker’s compensation;
  • Veteran benefits;
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
  • Alimony;
  • Child support;
  • All other allowable sources of income as determined by the grant guidelines.

Verifying documentation required.

What documents are required?

The following documents must be provided at the time of appointment:

  • Picture ID for all adults in the household 18 or older
  • Social Security Cards for all in household
  • Birth Certificates for all children in the household under 18
  • Proof of loss in household income such as unemployment benefits, 2 months/60 days of paystubs, and/or letter from employer showing loss of employment and/or reduction in hours.
  • Copy of housing lease/rental agreement, mortgage statement, and/or notarized statement from property owner if renting a room
  • Utility bill showing current address
  • Food stamp award letter
  • Landlord W-9 Form

PROOF OF CORONAVIRUS HARDSHIP IS REQUIRED.

Additional documents may be requested, including but not limited to bank statements, custody documentation, household bills, etc.

How is this program funded?

The Human Services Division receives the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) from the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity. These funds aim to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities and help promote self-sufficiency. This program is supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $317,546.

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COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Questionnaire

The questionnaire will be available May 4th at 8:30 am.

Please correct the field(s) marked in red below:

1
Please provide your contact information.
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Please provide your contact information.
2
How did you hear about our program? 
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How did you hear about our program?
3
Please select which service you are seeking.
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Please select which service you are seeking.
4
How many individuals are residing at the same address? Please include any children.
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5
Is there a Veteran in the household? 
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Is there a Veteran in the household?
6
Please select all forms of income currently being received by all individuals in the household.
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Please select all forms of income currently being received by all individuals in the household.
7
What is the household’s monthly gross income?
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8
Please list your household expenses:
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Please list your household expenses:
9
What was the cause of your COVID-19 hardship? Please select all that apply.
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What was the cause of your COVID-19 hardship? Please select all that apply.
10
Please list your employer’s name and contact information:
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Please list your employer’s name and contact information:
11
Please list your landlord’s name and contact information:
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Please list your landlord’s name and contact information:
12

Please indicate which months you are behind and how much.

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Please indicate which months you are behind and how much.
13
If you were laid off due to COVID-19, have you applied for unemployment?
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If you were laid off due to COVID-19, have you applied for unemployment?
14
Did you received two weeks paid leave from your employer as a result of the COVID-19?
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Did you received two weeks paid leave from your employer as a result of the COVID-19?
15
Have you received any financial assistance from the government and/or other social service agencies?
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Have you received any financial assistance from the government and/or other social service agencies?
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If so, how much?
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