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Emergency Assistance for Individuals & Families

The city of Clearwater's Rental, Mortgage and Utility Assistance program supports eligible individuals and families who have lost their jobs or significant income due to COVID-19 with one-time assistance paying overdue rent, mortgage and utility bills for up to three months.The delinquencies must be for April 2020 and beyond. Payments will be disbursed directly to the utility, landlord, mortgage holder or other eligible agency to which the individual bills are due.

Do you qualify?

You qualify if you answer yes to all four questions:

1. Did you lose your job or a portion of income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic? For example, your workplace shut down under state or local orders. You will be required to provide documentation. Examples: pay stubs, a letter from employer, proof of employer business closure. 

2. During the month when you apply, does your household income qualify?

Contact Audra Aja at Economic Development for more information

3. Do you have less than $4000 in liquid assets? Liquid assets are cash, savings and checking.

4. Are you a resident of the city of Clearwater? You must live within the incorporated limits of the city of Clearwater. You can check your tax district by entering your address by visiting the Pinellas County Property Appraiser website. Proof of residency may include a driver’s license or utility bill with your qualifying address. CLICK HERE  to view instructions to confirm if you are a resident of the city limits of Clearwater. 

You can only apply for assistance to cover COVID-19-related costs that have not already been paid for by insurance or by another federal program. The delinquencies must be for April 2020 and beyond.

Applicants eligible for mortgage assistance will be referred to a foreclosure counseling agency, at no cost to the applicant, prior to funds being disbursed.