The R3 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is now open for applications from tenants whose household incomes are at or below 80% area median income (AMI). 1,000 completed and submitted applications will be accepted weekly on a first-come, first-served basis, after which tenants may work on their applications until the next submission window opens on Monday morning at 8 am. Landlords may register at any time.

Important Notice: Applying for the ERAP is free and one-on-one application assistance for tenants is available in English and Spanish by contacting the ERAP Call Center at (866) 375-9114. Tenants should be wary of anyone requesting payment to complete an ERAP application.

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Program Details

The Hillsborough County Rapid Response Recovery’s (R3) Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the ERAP website to learn about the program and access customer service support contact information. To learn more about the landlord or tenant roles in this program, select the role best fit for you below.

Obtenga más información sobre el Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia para el Alquiler y los requisitos para propietarios e inquilinos visitando https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/r3-program#googtrans(en|es).

For Landlords

For Tenants/Renters

Landlord Details

Overview

The Hillsborough County Rapid Response Recovery’s (R3) Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) assists households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of approved tenants, the program will pay landlords up to 12 months of past-due rent, up to 1 month of prospective rent, and up to $750 of past-due TECO electric utilities per household. Note that tenants may apply again if they fall back into arrears while the program is active. Households that are eligible are renter households with incomes no more than 80% of area median income (AMI) that also meet conditions related to their employment status, economic impact, and risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Priority is given to households with incomes of no more than 50% AMI in which one or more family members is/are unemployed for at least 90 days.

As a landlord, you have an essential role in the program and are encouraged to actively participate to be eligible for funding. Landlords who register for ERAP will be paid directly for past-due rent if their tenant’s application is approved.

Learn more about ERAP and requirements for both landlords and tenants by visiting HCFLGov.net/R3HomeHelp.

Important to Note:

  • Registration is required for landlords to participate in the program and receive funds directly on behalf of their approved tenants. Registration allows tenants and landlords to be matched up within the system and the ability for landlords to see the status of tenant applications.
  • If a landlord is not registered, the landlord will receive a registration invitation when a tenant applies to the program and provides landlord information on the application.
  • Landlords cannot apply on behalf of tenants but are encouraged to share the program details with tenants. Registered landlords will receive notifications about tenant applications and be asked to provide rental ledgers for each tenant’s past-due rent. Prompt responses to ERAP application requests will help expedite the process and payment issuance for approved tenants.
  • ERAP will accept up to 1,000 completed applications each week until funding is allocated.
  • Eligible Tenants:
    • Group 1: Rental households with incomes 50% AMI or less in which one or more family members is/are unemployed for at least 90 days
    • Group 2: Rental households with incomes at or less than 80% AMI

Registration Requirements:

  • Completed W9 form(s)
  • List of rental properties with physical address

To register, click HERE and follow the instructions.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday, March 16: Landlord Registration Begins
  • Tuesday, March 23: Application Portal open for Group 1
    • Application portal will close after receiving 1,000 completed applications but will reopen the following Monday to accept new, completed applications.
    • Portal to reopen for Group 1 on March 29 and April 5 to receive the next 1,000 completed applications for each week.
  • Monday, April 12: Application Portal open for Groups 1 and 2
    • Application portal will close after receiving 1,000 completed applications each week but will reopen the following Monday to accept new, completed applications.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, July 31 or until funding is allocated.

Additional Disclosures

Additional Terms and Conditions for all applications are located HERE. When you participate in the program, you agree to these Terms & Conditions, so please make sure you read them before you register/apply. Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • FAIN number: ERA0049
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to States, U.S. Territories, local governments, and Indian tribes. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: Hillsborough County, FL
  • CFDA Number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non R&D
  • Indirect cost rate for the federal award: N/A

Tenant/Renter Details

Overview

The Hillsborough County Rapid Response Recovery’s (R3) Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) assists households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of approved tenants, the program will pay landlords up to 12 months of past-due rent, up to 1 month of prospective rent, and up to $750 of past-due TECO electric utilities per household. Note that tenants may apply again if they fall back into arrears while the program is active. Households that are eligible are renter households with incomes no more than 80% of area median income (AMI) that also meet conditions related to their employment status, economic impact, or risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Priority is given to households with incomes of no more than 50% AMI in which one or more family members is/are unemployed for at least 90 days.

Learn more about ERAP and requirements for both landlords and tenants by visiting HCFLGov.net/R3HomeHelp.

Important to Note:

  • A completed online application is required to be eligible for ERAP financial assistance.
    • The online application process requires tenants to provide information and supporting documentation that will be used to determine eligibility and potential payment amounts.
    • Missing or incorrect information could result in delays or a denial of payment.
  • Landlords will be registering prior to the application portal opening. Tenants are encouraged to to notify their landlords when they apply and continue to work with their landlords throughout the process to ensure prompt responses to ERAP application requests.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday, March 16: Landlord Registration Begins
  • Tuesday, March 23: Application Portal open for Group 1
    • Application portal will close after receiving 1,000 completed applications but will reopen the following Monday to accept new, completed applications.
    • Portal to reopen for Group 1 on March 29 and April 5 to receive the next 1,000 completed applications for each week.
  • Monday, April 12: Application Portal open for Groups 1 and 2
    • Application portal will close after receiving 1,000 completed applications each week but will reopen the following Monday to accept new, completed applications. Applications will be accepted through Friday, July 31 or until funding is allocated.

To apply, click HERE and follow the instructions.

Additional Disclosures

Additional Terms and Conditions for all applications are located HERE. When you participate in the program, you agree to these Terms & Conditions, so please make sure you read them before you register/apply. Here are some additional details about the funding source for this program:

  • Federal award identification: Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • FAIN number: ERA0049
  • Federal award date: January 15, 2021
  • Federal award project description: The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to States, U.S. Territories, local governments, and Indian tribes. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.
  • Federal awarding agency: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Pass-through entity: Hillsborough County, FL
  • CFDA Number: 21.023
  • CFDA name: Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • R&D designation: Non R&D
  • Indirect cost rate for the federal award: N/A