Okaloosa County announces emergency rental assistance program

SHALIMAR, Fla., April 6, 2021—Okaloosa County was awarded federal funds to use for emergency rental and utility assistance.

The U.S. Treasury awarded Okaloosa County $6.36 million in emergency rental and utility assistance for low-income households experiencing COVID-19 financial hardships. 

Beginning today, grant assistance is becoming available for rent, rent arrears, late fees, utilities and utility arrears.

This program is available to renters within Okaloosa County with a household income of 80 percent or below the area median family income adjusted for household size. 

An application for rental and utility assistance may be submitted online at OkaloosaRentalAid.com by an eligible tenant or by a landlord on behalf of the eligible tenant.

“Our community has faced and overcome many challenges in the past year,” said Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Chairman Carolyn Ketchel. “While our local economy is strong, we recognize that this grant will fill an unmet need for those who are still struggling.”

Funding is available for past-due rental and utility assistance from April 2020 to present.

For more information about eligibility, required documentation, application assistance and to apply online, visit OkaloosaRentalAid.com.

Applications are open until Dec. 31 or until funds are exhausted. Awards will be made on a first qualified, first assisted basis.

Funds will be distributed to landlords and utility providers.

For additional information, call 850-460-3316 or email Help@OkaloosaRentalAid.com.

Okaloosa County news release

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