This program has stopped accepting new applications. A new program, the Emergency Rental Assistance program, will continue to help residents facing eviction.
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If you are in danger of eviction, you must meet eligibility criteria and sign a CDC Declaration Form. Learn more on our Resident Resources webpage.
In an effort to help curb evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners created the Orange County COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program. The $13.3 million program is funded by the Federal CARES Act monies.
The income-based program assists Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to COVID-19 and provides the property owner with an alternative to eviction. The Program provides up to $4,000 in past due rent that is paid directly to the landlord. The tenant or landlord can initiate the application process; however, both must agree to participate and meet eligibility requirements.
The following agreements documents for landlords and tenants provide a summary of expectations from both parties once an application has been successfully completed.
Tenants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the Eviction Diversion Program.
The program is income-based and the Tenant will be required to show income before and after April 1, 2020. The projected annual 2020 income must fall within any of these brackets:
Area Median Income (AMI): $68,100 (Family of four)
Documents providing proof of identity and relation to the rental address required for consideration for this grant include:
Please submit at least one of the following:
For a condensed version of this information, please download our Eviction Diversion Fact Sheet PDF in English and in Spanish.
*This is not a rental assistance program, or a resource for mortgage relief. Homeowners with Federal or Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) backed mortgages can learn about forbearance or mortgage relief by visiting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. For more information on housing and utility assistance, please visit our Resident Resources webpage.
This Program is a partnership with the Orange County Bar Association, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and other local legal assistance nonprofit agencies. The Orange County Bar Association will administer the program and process all applications. Orange County Government will provide final review of applications, and the Orange County Comptroller will provide payment directly to the landlords.
Thank you to our valued community partners for this program.