Palm Beach County will begin accepting rental and utility assistance applications under the CARES Act again beginning tomorrow, October 7. Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who are at or below 140% of the Area Median Income may apply for rental and utility assistance. Additional eligibility requirements apply. Maximum benefits are rent up to $10,000 in arrears beginning in March 2020 and electric, water and/or gas up to $1,200 in arrears beginning in March 2020. Residents may reapply for rental/utility assistance if they are still affected by the pandemic and have not received the maximum benefits listed above.
In addition, food assistance is still available. The County’s Consumer Services Department is continuing to accept applications for one-time food assistance. Under the CARES Act, Palm Beach County is issuing pre-paid debit cards to approved residents to purchase food. Only one card is issued per household, and all expenditures must be made by December 30, 2020. Food assistance is based on household size. Maximum amounts are as follows:
1-2 household members: $400
3-4 household members: $800
5 or more household members: $1,000
In order to qualify for rental, utility or food assistance, applicants must present evidence their household was affected adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting documentation such as a most recent pay stub or filed tax return, valid government-issued ID and Social Security card must be provided to prove income eligibility. Samples of supporting documentation can be found at www.pbcgov.com/csdcaresactfaq.
To apply for rental, utility or food assistance, please visit www.rentalassistancepbc.org. The application portal will remain open until October 30, 2020. For more information, contact the Consumer Services Department at 561-355-4792.