Apply for Rental & Housing Assistance

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Overview

 To help prevent homelessness, we offer rental payment assistance to eligible households, home mortgage (no foreclosures), apartment rent, mobile home, lot rent, and utilities (if included in the lease.)

Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an alien resident who is eligible for federal benefits
  • Be a resident of Hillsborough County
  • Have a household gross income of no more than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Must have a recent lease agreement
  • Be responsible for paying their lease
  • Additional qualifications may be necessary to determine eligibility
    • Applicants will be informed at the time of application
  • Download the complete rental assistance checklist - English | Española

Things To Consider

  • Your landlord will be required to complete the Landlord Verification form
  • Hillsborough County Code Enforcement is required to conduct a property inspection for customers seeking rental assistance. Rental property inspections are mandatory to authorize rental payment assistance.
  • Code Enforcement will contact the owner or tenant within seven days to schedule the inspection.
  • Code Enforcement will notify the landlord and/or tenant with the inspection results
  • The owner or property manager can be present during the inspection to ensure entry and immediate feedback if any problems are found
  • If the property fails inspection, the property will be re-inspected within 30 days
  • All inspectors will wear a Code Enforcement uniform and badge
  • Rental assistance may be withheld pending results of the inspection
  • Hillsborough County prioritizes financial assistance appointments to the most vulnerable population (persons 60 years or older, school-age, or with a disability)

How To

  1. If you think you qualify for assistance, contact your local Community Resource Center to schedule an appointment
  2. Once you have an appointment, complete an application at a local Community Resource Center
    • Bring all necessary documentation to your appointment in order to expedite your eligibility determination:
      • Social Security number verification for each household member
      • Two items showing verification of Hillsborough County residency:
        • Valid driver's license with current address
        • Letter or current lease from your landlord or mortgage company
        • Hillsborough County voter registration card
        • Public utility bill with Hillsborough County address
        • Vehicle registration with a Hillsborough County address
        • Current public school enrollment in Hillsborough County
      • Picture identification for all adults in the household
      • Verification of gross income for all household members for the last 30 days, such as: paycheck stub, employer letter, award letter for public assistance, Social Security income verification, unemployment benefits letter, or pension check stub
      • Proof of lease or mortgage obligation
      • Completed W-9 Form
      • Completed Landlord Verification form
  3. Additional requirements may be necessary for eligibility determination depending on each household situation

Get Help

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(813) 671-7647