Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
Starts: September 1, 2016
Ends: When funding runs out
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) provides rental assistance to families experiencing homelessness. To be eligible for the grant, a family must meet the following criteria:
- Must have children and are living on the streets; or
- Living in a car; or
- Living in a domestic violence shelter; or
- Living in a motel that is paid by a charitable organization or an agency.
Funds are provided on a needs-basis and consist of security deposit, utility deposit, and up to twelve month’s rental assistance. At the end of the assistance period, if not before, families should be able to pay 100% of the rent.
Case management is required to ensure success of the program and includes monthly assessments, understanding the terms of a lease, household budgeting, debt reduction, savings, and a plan for the future.
Rapid Re-Housing Grant
Due to the large volume of current applicant for rental assistance, the Financial Rental Assistance program is now closed. Sometime after the first of the year we will re-assess the status of the funding and determine at that time if there is funding still available and if so, the program will be re-opened.
Starts: November 1, 2016
Ends: September 1, 2017
The Osceola County Financial Rental Assistance Program provides short-term assistance to Osceola County residents who are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless. Eligible families are those living in a motel and are self-paying; families doubled up with family or friends to prevent homelessness; or families facing eviction due to foreclosure of their landlord’s rental property.
Funds are provided on a first come, first ready basis to eligible residents who have lived in Osceola County continuously during the past six (6) months; meet income requirements; and have not received any rental assistance during the past two (2) years.
Assistance consists of security deposit, utility deposit, and first two (2) month’s rent. The total assistance amount is based on income requirements, Fair Market Rental Rates, and affordability for a maximum of $5,000 per household. No application or background fees are paid by the grant.