RENT/UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (RAP)
Our Rent/Utility Assistance Program can provide relief to qualifying families and
individuals who are faced with the financial consequences of tragedy, trauma,
and unexpected events. In some cases, the source of struggle might be a death
in family, a sudden illness, a disabling accident, or family abandonment, in others
it might be an expensive car repair, an exceptionally high utility bill due, a family
emergency, or loss of employment. We understand that these circumstances
can lead to a flood-gate of misfortune, putting already struggling, low-income
households at risk of eviction.
Fortune magazine recently reported that nearly 40% of Americans are one
paycheck away from homelessness. In Pasco County, 13.4% of residents are
unable to cover their most basic needs, falling below the Federal Poverty Level
and an additional 32.4% of residents are considered to be A.L.I.C.E., or Asset
Limited, Income Constrained Employed, which means they earn just above the
Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget.
If you would like to apply for assistance, please review the following information:
Photo ID (for all adults in the household)
Social Security Cards (for all members of the household, including children
Proof of All Income (including child support, SSDI, etc.)
Lease or Mortgage (and contact information for landlord)
Past Due Utility Bill (for which you are requesting assistance)
3-Day Notice of Eviction (for rental assistance)
If you are requesting assistance with a utility bill, it must be past due for us to submit for review. If you are requesting assistance with rent, you must present a 3-day notice of eviction from your landlord to complete an application.
Please note: Additional information may be required after your appointment to validate any information provided during your review.