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Rent, Mortgage & Utility Assistance Available through Escambia CARES Program

Published Aug 31, 2020

Escambia County and the City of Pensacola are jointly participating in the Coronavirus Relief Funds made available by Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Approximately $813,451 will be made available Tuesday, Sept. 1 to assist eligible applicants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with rent, mortgage, and/or utility assistance.

Eligible expenses must occur between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 30, 2020. Maximum assistance will be $3,000 per household and will be paid directly to the landlord, mortgage, or utility company.

General 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

Income requirements are as follows: 

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Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, through Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, or until funds have been committed. Applications will be available online at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1 at For further information, contact Meredith Reeves at 850-595-1642 or

Paper applications will be available at the following locations starting Tuesday, Sept. 1 for citizens who do not have online access:

  • Escambia County Extension Services, 3740 Stefani Rd. (Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Escambia County Neighborhood Enterprise Division, 221 Palafox Place, Suite 200 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Brownsville Community Center, 3200 W. DeSoto St. (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Carver Park Resource Center, 208 Webb St. (Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Century City Hall, 7995 N Century Blvd. (date and time, TBD)
  • Ebonwood Community Center, 3511 West Scott St. (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Marie K. Young-Wedgewood Community Center, 6405 Wagner Rd. (Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Molino Library, 6450-A Hwy 95A N (Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Walnut Hill Community Center, 7850 Hwy. 97N (date and time, TBD)
  • West Florida Public Libraries

Completed paper applications with attachments should be emailed to, faxed to 850-595-0342, or dropped off at the Brownsville Community Center or Neighborhood Enterprise Division. Please make sure all attachments are clear and legible. Applicants needing assistance with completing applications should call 850-595-1642 for further guidance.

General information on the program may be obtained by visiting or by calling 850-595-0872 or emailing

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