Volusia County's Emergency Rental Assistance portal to reopen on February 23.
Written by Anthony Bicy
Belden Communications News
There are still funds available for financially struggling households, and in response, Volusia County will reopen the Emergency Rental Assistance portal on Wednesday, February 23, at 9 a.m. Residents can apply for a chance to receive up to nine months of rental and utility arrears. Residents may submit their applications at www.volusia.org/era, where the income limits and required documents will be waiting.
Homes currently receiving assistance or have already applied do not have to reapply.
Due to finite funds, the county will stop submissions after receiving five hundred applications. Therefore, applicants should round up their documents before applying. Community Assistance will take several weeks to process the applications, but they will notify the public again when the portal reopens.
On February 23, navigators will help at the following locations:
- Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, and Port Orange regional libraries
- John H. Dickerson Heritage, Hope Place, DeBary, and Edgewater public libraries
- Emergency Rental Assistance office, 121 W. Rich Ave., DeLand
Landlords may also apply for their tenants. They must send an email to email@example.com with their contact information. A staff member will then help complete the application, and an eligible household can document these criteria:
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred notable costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to or during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Demonstrates a risk of housing instability
- Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income
Assistance staff will prioritize applications in the following order:
1. Applicants who are unemployed for the 90 days before the application date and whose income is at or below 50 percent of the area median income
2. Applicants whose income is at or below 50 percent of the area median income
3. Applicants who are unemployed for the 90 days before the application date and whose income is at or below 80 percent of the area median income
4. Applicants whose income is at or below 80 percent of the area median income
Call Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division at (386)943-7095 for more information.
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