Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida is reactivating its Emergency Relief Program to provide low-income families in Broward County impacted by coronavirus with housing stabilization assistance, thanks to the support from the Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.
Emergency Relief for Housing Stabilization
“My hours were reduced because of Covid, so I was unable to pay my bills, you know. Any assistance to me is from great help. And every little count, so it [the financial assistance obtained] really helped towards my rent,” said Ms. Mclean when asked about the impact of NHSSF Emergency Relief Program back in October 2020, after being one of the fortunate aid recipients.
Early in the pandemic, we swiftly reached out to partners and stakeholders to join forces in providing support to the families most vulnerable among us. In the Springtime of 2020, we opened the NHSSF Emergency Relief Program for Broward residents in partnership with the Community Foundation of Broward. We were able to help around 100 low-income families in Broward County with financial assistance to cover mortgage or rent payments partially.
Nonetheless, the impact of this economic and health crisis has prolonged for a year, and even when we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are aware that hundreds of households still face a dire situation with extended furloughs, permanent cuts in their working hours and an in general perceived slow economic recovery throughout South Florida communities.
We kept reaching out to partners and stakeholders. And now we are happy to announce the reactivation of the NHSSF Emergency Relief Program thanks to the support of the Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward. The program will supply emergency assistance that can be used to cover late accumulated rent or mortgage payments for up to $3,000 to renters and homeowners not covered by FHA, Fannie or Freddie, in a case-by-case scenario.
“We relaunched this Emergency Relief Program for Broward residents impacted by the coronavirus to enforce housing stability in the aftermath of the pandemic,” stated Kimberly T. Henderson, President and CEO. That is why the financial assistance provided will be connected to counseling assistance from our housing experts. After the application has been approved, prospect recipients will be counseled by our Homebuyer Education staff in order to provide affected households with the tools and information necessary to stabilize their housing situation.
NHSSF Emergency Relief Program Requirements
Starting March 2021, meaningful housing relief is being delivered to help Broward residents enforce their housing stability in the pandemic aftermath.
After reading the program requirements, those interested can send submissions to the Emergency Relief Program for Broward Residents through this NHSSF Application Form. Aid will be available on a first-come, first-served scenario until funds run out. For more information, Broward families can call us at 305-751-5511 or send us an email to email@example.com.
|Eligible Applicants||Program Directives|
|For Broward residents, only||Must reside in Broward county and can provide domicile evidence|
|Total family income at or below $50,000||Must provide documentation to prove income bracket and assets|
|Impacted by Covid-19||Lost job
Lost part-time job
|Applicants requesting rental assistance||One-time assistance payment up to $3,000|
|Applicants requesting mortgage assistance (for mortgage holders NOT government-backed)||One-time assistance payment up to $3,000|
|Assistance linked to housing counseling||Payments are made ONLY AFTER the applicant has taken a COUNSELING SESSION with NHHSSF counselors. We will inform days & hours for the counseling sessions once the application has been approved.|
|Electronic payments||Payments are made DIRECTLY TO THE LANDLORD, property management firm, or loan servicer VIA ACH.|
Other Program Directives
- Applicant/Landlord must not be receiving household subsidies from any other federal, state, and/or local program for the unit the applicant is living in. Such programs include but are not limited to: Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher / Mod-Rehab, HOPWA Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, Public Housing, Section 202, or VASH.
- Applicant must not have liquid assets or other sources of capital over $3,000 from where rent or mortgage can be paid from.
- Applicant must prove that she/he was current on payments of rent or mortgage as of February 2020 or later.
- Landlord will need to provide with a W-9 form and ACH (Direct Deposit) form.
The following Fund has provided support for this grant at the Community Foundation of Broward:
Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant Fund
Putting families on the path to prosperity is our mission and the outcome we pursue when working with local residents to build flourishing and thriving communities across South Florida. With extensive experience providing financial literacy programs and housing services and products that empower individuals, create affordable housing opportunities, and revitalize neighborhoods, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) is a 501(c)(3) affordable housing and community development nonprofit organization, headquartered in the City of Miami since 1978.
In recent years, NHSSF has been at the forefront of local community leadership, playing a role as an educator, a builder, a lender, and a community catalyst, thanks to its four lines of businesses currently available to the public. NHSSF is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks® America. In this capacity, we are part of a nationwide network of over 240 chartered community development organizations and one of the twenty that serve Florida residents.