Osceola County will continue efforts to provide financial aid to residents impacted by COVID-19 with a new round of housing assistance beginning on Monday, Aug. 3. This new application opening for rental and mortgage foreclosure prevention will tap into $11.5 million of CARES Act funding and is available to all residents of Osceola County, now including the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud.
Residents can visit Housing.Osceola.org to find videos in English and Spanish that explain the program and application process. Residents will have a week to submit their applications beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, through 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10.
The process for applying was updated from earlier rounds to ensure a fair and equitable way for more families to seek assistance. After the application period, each application will be assigned a “lottery” number and selected through a random, computer-generated process. Selected applications will be processed accordingly until this round of funding has been exhausted. Applicants will still need to meet certain criteria to be eligible.
With this assistance, the county will pay three months of rent or mortgage payments, up to a maximum of $5,000 per household.
“We want to continue to do everything possible to get financial assistance to our residents in need as we all continue to feel the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Osceola Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer. “Too many families are still struggling with lost income and food insecurity, so getting these CARES Act dollars funneled out to cover mortgage and rent payments is an immediate priority to help them keep a roof over their heads.”
For those with questions regarding the program, call 407-742-8403.