HSN is the lead agency for the Continuum of Care of homeless services in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties, including the Cities of Orlando, Kissimmee, and Sanford. For information specific to the FL-507 Continuum of Care, please visit www.centralfloridacoc.org.
Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing
The Florida Department of Children and Families is preparing to staff up and be in a position to once again accept and fund applications from families with minor children who are behind in their rent, or who are homeless and need aid for a security deposit to get back into an apartment.
Tom Pierce, Director of the Office on Homelessness, issued the following memo that explains eligibility and the application process:
I am pleased to announce that the Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing Program (EFAHP) will begin receiving new applications on July 6, 2009.
Please do not send applications to the program until 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6. Any applications received before that time will be denied.
The household must have at least one child under 18 years of age living there full-time.
The application must be filled out completely, including Social Security numbers for all family members; monthly income from all sources; a written explanation of the housing emergency; and the signature of the applicant.
The one-page Vendor Agreement must be completed and signed by the landlord, mortgage company or property owner. If the case is approved, a State of Florida check will be mailed directly to the landlord, mortgage company or property owner.
The program can pay up to $400.00 one time per year for overdue rent or mortgage payments, or for security deposit for a household that is homeless, being evicted, or whose housing has been damaged by fire, hurricane or other natural disaster.
Fax applications to 1-850-921-2559.
Mail applications to:
Department of Children and Families
Office on Homelessness – PDHO
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
If you have questions, please call 1-877-891-6445.