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Escambia County starts accepting applications for the Escambia CARES Family Emergency Financial Assistance Grants beginning Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. Apply online at myescambia.com/CARES and at several physical locations throughout the county.
 
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Escambia Cares Rent and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program

Purpose:

Grants for residents of Escambia County that are overdue on mortgage or rent payments. News release with additional information

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Escambia County resident (including City of Pensacola and Town of Century)
  • Income adversely impacted by COVID-19
  • Total household income cannot exceed 120% Area Median Income
  • This program is for past due rent, mortgage and utilities ONLY

To expedite assistance, applicants should gather the following information in advance:

  • Photo identification for all members of the household over the age of 18
  • Social security cards for all members of the household
  • Documentation of a loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19, such as employer notice of reduced hours or layoff due to COVID; two pay stubs that show a reduction in income; unemployment letter; and/or other documentation showing a reduction in income related to COVID-19
  • Current income information for ALL members of the household. This includes income from employment, child support, alimony, social security, disability, retirement, unemployment, veterans benefits, or self employment income. NOTE: food stamps are not considered income
  • Current asset information for ALL household members. This includes checking and savings accounts, IRA, CD, bonds, stocks, real estate, whole life insurance, pensions, etc.
  • For RENTERS, current Lease in household member’s name and contact information for your landlord (landlord must agree to participate)
  • FOR OWNERS, most recent mortgage statement in household member’s name and contact information (lender must agree to participate). Property must be primary residence as evidenced by Homestead Exemption
  • FOR UTILITY ASSISTANCE, most recent utility bill(s) in household member’s name showing amount(s) owed

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Please have all the above documentation prepared to upload before you start the application. You will not be able to save your work. Instructions

Applications were accepted from 8 a.m. Sept. 1, 2020 through Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Have questions about an Assistance Program or application? Visit the FAQ page to find more information.