Apply for Rental & Housing Assistance

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To help prevent homelessness, we offer limited rental payment assistance to eligible households, home mortgage (no foreclosures), apartment rent, mobile home, lot rent, and utilities (if included in the lease.)


  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an alien resident who is eligible for federal benefits
  • Be a resident of Hillsborough County
  • Have a household gross income of no more than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Must have a recent lease agreement
  • Be responsible for paying their lease
  • Additional qualifications may be necessary to determine eligibility
    • Applicants will be informed at the time of application
  • Download the complete rental assistance checklist - English | Española

Things To Consider

  • Your landlord will be required to complete the Landlord Verification form
  • Hillsborough County Code Enforcement is required to conduct a property inspection for customers seeking rental assistance. Rental property inspections are mandatory to authorize rental payment assistance.
  • Code Enforcement will contact the owner or tenant within seven days to schedule the inspection.
  • Code Enforcement will notify the landlord and/or tenant with the inspection results
  • The owner or property manager can be present during the inspection to ensure entry and immediate feedback if any problems are found
  • If the property fails inspection, the property will be re-inspected within 30 days
  • All inspectors will wear a Code Enforcement uniform and badge
  • Rental assistance may be withheld pending results of the inspection
  • Hillsborough County prioritizes financial assistance appointments to the most vulnerable population (persons 60 years or older, school-age, or with a disability)

How To

  1. If you think you qualify for assistance, contact  the Call Center at (813) 272-5220 to schedule an appointment
  2. Once you have an appointment, complete an application at a local Community Resource Center
    • Bring all necessary documentation to your appointment in order to expedite your eligibility determination:
      • Social Security number verification for each household member
      • Two items showing verification of Hillsborough County residency:
        • Valid driver's license with current address
        • Letter or current lease from your landlord or mortgage company
        • Hillsborough County voter registration card
        • Public utility bill with Hillsborough County address
        • Vehicle registration with a Hillsborough County address
        • Current public school enrollment in Hillsborough County
      • Picture identification for all adults in the household
      • Verification of gross income for all household members for the last 30 days, such as: paycheck stub, employer letter, award letter for public assistance, Social Security income verification, unemployment benefits letter, or pension check stub
      • Proof of lease or mortgage obligation
      • Completed W-9 Form
      • Completed Landlord Verification form
  3. Additional requirements may be necessary for eligibility determination depending on each household situation

Get Help

(813) 272-5220