Eviction notice stuck to door

State of the Housing Crisis

Eviction Mitigation

What are we doing to help?

United Way Suncoast has moved forward this month with plans to devote $3 million towards addressing the crisis. The eviction defense plan will focus on addressing six main areas across all five counties:

  • creating cohorts of nonprofit agencies
  • regional planning and information sharing to increase access
  • providing legal support to tenants facing eviction
  • direct client assistance distributed through partner agencies 
  • building awareness about the issue
  • continuing our advocacy efforts.

Here are some answers to common questions:

FOR THE RENTER:

If I’ve fallen behind on my rent, what should I do?

Don’t wait until you receive an eviction notice. It’s more difficult to mitigate the situation once you’re served with an eviction notice. Look at your local county’s web site and determine if you’re eligible for emergency rental assistance. Here are the links to the county pages:

Hillsborough
Manatee
Pinellas
Sarasota
Rental Assistance for all Floridians
Note: this application can take between 2-8 weeks, so apply as soon as possible.

What if my landlord has served me an eviction notice?

If you have been served an eviction notice or you’re in immediate need of housing support please contact your local legal aide to determine available options. Bay Area Legal (Hillsborough and Pinellas), Gulfcoast Legal (Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota), Community Law (Pinellas).

What if I need help with my application?

County Organization Website Phone Number Notes
Pinellas
211 Tampa Bay Cares
2-1-1
focus on individuals without minor children and older adults
Pinellas
PEMHS
Pinellas
Community Law Program
(727)582-7480
Hillsborough
University Area CDC
Hillsborough
CDC of Tampa
Only accepting applications from 33610 and 33605
Hillsborough
Metropolitan Ministries
Hillsborough
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Hillary Shaughnessy
813-460-4451
Hillsborough
Bay Area Legal Services
1-800-625-2257
Manatee & Sarasota
Women's Resource Center
941-366-1700
DeSoto
All Faiths Foodbank
Maria Guerrero 941-376-0502
a. Accepting new applications for any DeSoto County Residents
Manatee & Sarasota
Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services
DeSoto & Sarasota
Catholic Charities
Sarasota / Manatee / DeSoto
Gulf Coast Legal
(800) 230-5920
Clients must be income eligible to apply.

What if I need help with my mortgage?

The Homeowner Assistance Fund Customer Assistance Center (833-987-8997) is available Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern Time), for all inquiries and questions.
Additional resources listed below are available at www.FLHomeownerAssistance.org.
 

 


FOR THE DONOR:

Is UWS seeking donations from private individuals for this initiative?

This initiative falls under our mission focus of financial stability and so we are always accepting donations from individuals who can choose to designate their gift to financial stability, knowing that this, and other programs will have the funding needed to help our community during this challenging time.

If so and if I were to make a donation, could it be restricted to supporting Sarasota County or perhaps more broadly, the geographic area of your focus?

Of course, gifts could be designated to Sarasota and the work we are doing with Gulf Coast Legal and other financial stability programs. Or you can donate without geographic restrictions as the work we are doing is consistent across our five counties.

 DONATE.  You can indicate your designation in the message field provided.


FOR THE VOLUNTEER

Will you train volunteers to serve as rental navigators?

Yes. You can partner with UWS to address the eviction crisis in our community by volunteering your time. Volunteers will receive navigation training from UWS designed to support families and individuals applying for rental assistance. Duties include sharing knowledge, removing barriers and assisting in the technical steps required to accurately apply and receive rental assistance. Volunteer shifts will be flexible to each volunteer’s availability and can be done virtually.

VOLUNTEER.  United Way Suncoast will reach out to you to schedule an orientation and training when the program is fully operational in 2022.

Bay Area Legal is still recruiting pro bono lawyers to assist with eviction mediation. Contact Tom DiFiore.

UNITED WE RISE, UNITED WE WIN.

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