The eviction moratorium ordered by the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is set to expire this Saturday, July 31st, with no sign that it will be extended again. The order, which took effect September 4th, 2020, bans landlords from evicting their tenants for non-payment of rent if their tenant meets certain qualifications. This order did NOT, however, release the tenant from their obligation to pay rent. During this moratorium, tenants could still face eviction for reasons other than the inability to make rent payments. If you are concerned that the end of this order will put you or your family in financial stress, the following local programs may be able to offer some help.
Local Assistance Programs:
If you need rental assistance or other housing help, there are resources available.
- LeeCares Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Lee County will pay up to six months of past due rent and utilities and three months of prospective payments for qualified households, plus ongoing payment of future rent as permitted. However, rental assistance cannot exceed a total of 12 months for each qualified household. The total months include past due, current due, and prospective payments. Learn more and see if your household qualifies here: https://leeflcares.com/
- St. Matthew's House: St. Matthew's House is a Christian ministry program which provides housing, hunger, and addiction relief in Southwest Florida. Learn more at: https://stmatthewshouse.org/get-help/ or call St. Matthew's House at (239) 774-0500.
- United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee: United Way 211 is a free 24-hour non-emergency helpline that exists to help people navigate their way through available human and social service agencies in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. To speak with one of their Community Resource Specialists in either English or Spanish, please dial 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900. Learn more here: https://unitedwaylee.org/need-help/
- OUR Florida: OUR Florida is a federally funded emergency rental relief program with the goal of supporting Florida residents and businesses recover from the financial effects of COVID-19. OUR Florida provides renters who qualify with relief on unpaid rent and utility bills and supports landlords and utilities with relief on lost revenue to support their continued recovery. Learn more at: https://www.ourflorida.com/or call (833) 493-0594.