Housing

Thanks to the letter I wrote to Governor DeSantis, all evictions and foreclosures will be stopped for 45 days. 


Mortgage Forbearance: Homeowners with FHA, USDA, VA, or Section 184 or 184A mortgages (for members of federally-recognized tribes) and those with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac have the right to request forbearance on their payments for up to 6 months, with a possible extension for another 6 months without fees, penalties, or extra interest. Homeowners should contact their mortgage servicing company directly. 


Eviction Protections: Renters residing in public or assisted housing, or in a home or apartment whose owner has a federally-backed mortgage, and who are unable to pay their rent, are protected from eviction for 4 months. Property owners are also prohibited from issuing a 30-day notice to a tenant to vacate a property until after the 4-month moratorium ends. This protection covers properties that receive federal subsidies such as public housing, Section 8 assistance, USDA rural housing programs, and federally-issued or guaranteed mortgages. Renters whose landlord is not abiding by the moratorium should contact the relevant federal agency that administers their housing program or their local Legal Aid office. 


Rental Assistance: 

Orange County Government has made available this one-time benefit for Orange County Residents. The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will be providing assistance with rent, so residents will be able to use their limited funds on other necessities. Please call 407-836-6500 or visit their website for more information. 

Kissimmee officials announced they would provide rental assistance and prevent eviction to certain low-income residents affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The modified program offers a maximum of $1,200 in assistance to those who qualify. Kissimmee residents seeking assistance click here