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ERA2 - Emergency Rental Assistance 2 Program
CLOSED  Deadline  7/20/2022
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General Qualification/Eligibility Requirements  [hide this]

The City of Port St. Lucie's Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA2) Program will assist eligible City residents who experienced economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic (loss of income resulting from COVID-19 as of March 2020, due to temporary furlough/layoff, elimination of position, reduction of work hours, self-employment with temporary closure or loss of business, or any other unexpected/extraordinary living expenses/medical costs that have resulted in an unexpected loss of disposable income directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic). Eligible assistance types are as follows:

  • Rental Payment Assistance (Primary Residence Only)

This program is not intended to provide long-term support for participants. Only the amount of money that is needed for each month(s) rental payment or any arrears may be approved at any one time. The maximum total assistance, for all COVID-19 grant programs combined, is 18 months. The program will be available as long as funds are available. The City may close application acceptance in order to comply with processing rules and regulations.

Household income cannot exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) by household size (based on reduced income due to COVID-19). Households with at least one (1) unemployed member and households at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI) will be prioritized according to the City's policies and procedures for Emergency Rental Assistance. 

Landlord & Payment Information

Payments will be made to the approved landlord or lessor documented on a lease or agreement. If you are approved for assistance (which will be reflected in the section labeled "Official Decision"), an approved landlord or lessor must send a completed W-9 Form to the City and the City will register them as a vendor.  Additionally, a landlord or lessor may be required to sign an agreement and/or agree to participate in the program. The applicant must coordinate with the landlord or lessor. Only in extraordinary circumstances staff may intervene to assist and will attempt to seek participation from the landlord or lessor for up to five (5) business days before other extraordinary methods of payment are considered per the City's policies and procedures and Official Guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury whose role is to manage the ERA Program. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must reside in the City of Port St Lucie and have an economic hardship directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Assistance will only be provided for past due payments as of March 2020.
  • Household must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) limits, as shown below.
  • Household must have at least a 10% reduction in income if your employment income has been reduced.

Household Size

Average Monthly Income

Maximum Annual Income

(Not to Exceed 80% of AMI)

  1 Person

$3,337

$40,050

  2 Persons

$3,816

$45,800

  3 Persons

$4,291

$51,500

  4 Persons

$4,766

$57,200

  5 Persons

$5,150

$61,800

  6 Persons

$5,533

$66,400

  7 Persons

$5,912

$70,950

  8 Persons

$6,291

$75,550

Availability of Funds

Funding for rental assistance provided by this program comes from the City's Federal Emergency Rental Assistance 2 Program allocation, via the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The City reserves the right to adjust funding levels based on grant regulations and compliance. Applications will be processed on a first submitted, first complete, first eligible basis, based on the City's policies and procedures. Applications will be deemed ready and processed for eligibility only when applications are complete. Complete applications have answered all questions/sections, attached all required documents and any documents needed for proving a COVID-19 related hardship, income, identity and family status. Approval is subject to funding availability.

Application Completeness

Only completed applications, which consist of a completed and signed application form and all the applicable supporting documentation, will be accepted, and processed for approval. Please double check your application and all the requested documentation before submitting. If you submit an incomplete application, it will be opened for editing, you will be contacted with information about what you are missing, and you will have three (3) business days to "submit" to us a completed application for completeness check. If an application submission is labeled as "undecided" it has not been accepted as complete, status will be approved when it is complete. Only when "Official Decision" has been updated to "Approved" will the application be approved for funding.


General Instructions  [hide this]

  • Read all the instructions in all sections of this application.
  • Applicants must complete all parts of the Application and include income information for all household members 18 years of age and over.
  • By submitting this application the applicant is attesting that all of the information provided is true and complete, no request for a duplication of benefits already received is being put forward, and all of the required backup documentation is legitimate and accurate.
  • Please refer to the attached informational documents and applicant submission checklist for more detailed information. 
  • Applications and supporting documents may only be submitted online via the ZoomGrants login and application portal.
  • If you have any questions about the application process or need assistance please email COVIDgrant@cityofpsl.com or call the Neighborhood Services Community Programs at (772) 344-4084 or (772) 344-4255. 
  • Do not email any documents or personal information to the City. We cannot accept documents via email.
  • If you are having technical difficulties with ZoomGrants please contact ZoomGrants Technical Support at https://zoomgrants.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new or call (866) 323-5404 x2.


Itemized Instructions  [hide this]

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION: The information collected in the application is important to determine eligibility as it relates to COVID-19 emergency rental assistance.  Provide all information requested and any additional information that you believe will help qualify you for this grant by proving your COVID-19 hardship and loss of income.

COVID-19 INFORMATION: Provide basic information concerning eligibility associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Provide as much information on all household member(s) that were affected by COVID-19.

PROPERTY INFORMATION: Provide information about the rental payments and past-due information. Provide a valid lease agreement.

OTHER ASSISTANCE RECEIVED: Provide ALL information regarding any other types of assistance applied for and received related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

INCOME INFORMATION: Provide information on all household income sources from all members of the household eighteen (18) years of age or older. Income includes but may not be limited to: Wages, salaries and tips, unemployment payments, alimony, child support, military income, part-time income, temporary income, TANF, Social Security, other benefits, and other income for all household members. Food benefits are NOT considered income. 

HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION AND CHARACTERISTICS: Please make sure you list the current Head of Household as the applicant, spouses/partners/Co-Head of Households should be listed as the 2nd Household Member as the Co-applicant. Ensure all members of the household, as of the date of application are listed in the Household Data Tab of the application. Indicate the relationship of each family member to the Head of Household, date of birth, and marital status. Indicate if any of the members listed are disabled and explain if there are any expected additions to the future household, e.g., the birth of a child, adoption, legal custody ruling resulting in an additional household member.

FALSE STATEMENTS: Chapter 817 of the Florida Statutes provides that willful false statements or misrepresentation concerning income and assets or liabilities relating to financial condition is a misdemeanor of the first degree and is punishable by fines and imprisonment provided under §775.082 or 775.083.

The applicant is hereby notified that intentionally or knowingly making a materially false or misleading written statement relating to the ERA2 Program could result in ineligibility for benefits, action to recover any ERA2 Program benefits paid to or on behalf of the applicant, and/or a referral to criminal law enforcement. Applicant represents that all statements and representations made by the applicant regarding proceeds received by the applicant have been and shall be true and correct.

ELIGIBILITY RELEASE: By submitting this application you are allowing the City of Port St. Lucie, State, or Vendor to investiage and/or request information from Third Parties if it chooses to do so, concerning your eligibility and participation in this program. This application allows for income, assets, child support, etc. to be verified and documented.

LOSS OF INCOME: By submitting this application the applicant(s) declare to be true that they are a City of Port St. Lucie resident that has had a loss of income resulting from COVID-19 as of March 2020, due to permanent or temporary furlough/layoff, elimination of position, reduction of work hours, or self-employment with temporary closure or loss of business.  

PUBLIC RECORDS DISCLOSURE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Information provided by the applicant(s) may be subject to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, regarding Open Records.

Information provided by you/your household that is not protected by Florida Statutes can be requested by any individual for their review and/or use. This is without regard as to whether or not you qualify for funding under the program for which you are applying. Having been advised of this fact prior to finalizing the application for assistance or supplying any information, your signature below indicates that:

The applicant(s) agree to hold harmless and indemnify the City, any governmental agency, its officers, employees, stockholders, agents, successors, and assigns from any and all liability and costs that may arise due to compliance with the provisions of Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.

The applicant(s) agree that the City does not have any duty or obligation to assert any defense, exception, or exemption to prevent any or all information given to the City in connection with this application, or obtained by them in connection with this application, from being disclosed pursuant to a public records law request.

The applicant(s) agree that the City does not have any obligation or duty to provide me/us with notice that a public records law request has been made.

The applicant(s) agree to hold harmless the City or any governmental agency, its officers, employees, stockholders, agents, successors, and assigns from any and all liability that may arise due to my/our applying for assistance.

By submitting your application for rental assistance, the applicant(s) declare they are in agreement with all statements indicated here and have completed the application truthfully.


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