COVID dollars to assist renters

Renters in Escambia County struggling to pay rent or utilities due to COVID-19 may be eligible for emergency rental assistance through the Escambia County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP) Program. The application portal is available in English and Spanish. Appointments for in-person assistance can be made by calling 850-403-6044. Learn more at

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