Emergency Rental Assistance Program Available For Escambia County Residents

October 19, 2021

Escambia County residents struggling to pay rent and utilities due to COVID-19 can apply for help from the Escambia County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

The application portal is now open and available clicking or tapping here. Call (850) 403-6044 to make an appointment for in-person assistance, or see a list of libraries below.

Emergency rental assistance may be provided to eligible low-income Escambia County residents and families who:

  • Have been financially impacted by COVID-19;
  • Have total household income at or below 80% Area Median Income;
  • Are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Have not received any other rental assistance for the requested months

Both the renter and the landlord must submit an application through the portal. Reimbursement will be paid directly to the landlord or utility provider. View eligibility requirements and see if you qualify here.

The program can cover up to 12 months of overdue or late rent and utility bills for households in Escambia County. Additional details for rental assistance for landlords and renters can be found at MyEscambia.com/erap.

Escambia County has received the following allocations:

  • $9,611,771 from the Consolidated Appropriations Act
  • $7,605,344 from the American Rescue Plan

Escambia County ERAP Policies and Procedures are in alignment with the U.S Treasury Department’s guidelines (full policies and procedures).

Email ERAP@myescambia.zendesk.com or call (850) 403-6044 with any questions.

Citizens may use the computers at the following public libraries to complete their application:

  • Century Branch Library – 7991 N. Century Blvd., Century
  • Molino Branch Library – 6450-A Hwy. 95A, Molino
  • Tryon Branch Library – 1200 Langley Ave., Pensacola
  • Genealogy Branch Library – 5740 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola
  • Pensacola Library – 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola
  • Southwest Branch Library – 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola
  • Westside Branch Library – 1301 W. Gregory St., Pensacola


5 Responses to “Emergency Rental Assistance Program Available For Escambia County Residents”

  1. Bewildered on October 20th, 2021 10:36 am

    Josh Jones good for you if you are willing and can afford to pay all living expenses for thousands of idle people. Not everybody is that fortunate and some of us who worked and saved all our lives are fed up watching the government take back every cent to feed and house people who are too good to get their hands dirty. Food stamps allocation per person have increased since the pandemic – so why are kids hungry. ? Not lack of food , laziness of parent to prepare it is most often the cause.

  2. Candy Cumbie on October 19th, 2021 7:30 pm

    I would like to know if you are helping people that have been told they have to move because owners want their house back and are only giving us a month and a half to move and we don’t have the money to do so since they hold your deposit for up to 39 day’s and we have not had any luck or found anything affordable

  3. Molino Mom on October 19th, 2021 5:49 pm

    I don’t want to see anyone live on the streets or go hungry, BUT “Property Manager” says alot of truth. There are signs in every window I have came to advertising jobs but noone wants to go to work when they can sit on their tushes and have us tax payers foot their bill. I for one am quite sick of it. I still have to pay everything on my own (I am a single woman) and I have received no handouts from anyone. McDonalds is paying $14 an hour….GO GET A JOB IF YOU REALLY WANT TO PAY YOUR OWN WAY! What would happen if we all quit our jobs and lived off the government?? Well then there would be no taxpayers left to foot the bill would there??

  4. Josh Jones on October 19th, 2021 1:04 pm

    The aim, in my opinion, is to prevent folks from losing their homes – rental or otherwise. Having a lot of people on the street, with nowhere to live is not a good thing – for society as well as for the individual families. Just as we don’t want people to go hungry we also don’t want them to be homeless. We are compassionate like that.

  5. Property manager on October 19th, 2021 11:17 am

    The government prohibited evictions for MONTHS and MONTHS. Almost every business is advertising HELP WANTED so jobs are available.
    In that very short window where owners were ‘allowed’ to begin eviction processes, I can tell you many of the debters were behind in payments that had nothing to do with Covid yet judges granted every allowable excusable to be presented. THere was a time when you had to place money into the court registry if you wanted your day in court.
    Where do you think this magic money is coming from? Mortgage companies aren’t forgiving the mortgage payments for the landlord ! !! This is insanity and people should wake up and figure out how they are going to pay their own way Their own way thru life. I have tightened my belt to this thru these last 2 years and haven’t received a single hand out!!! Mad as hades? You are right, I’m mad!

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