Rent and mortgage assistance available for those impacted by COVID-19 in Collier

The Collier County Community and Human Services Division, in partnership with United Way of Collier County and the Keys, will provide more than $1.4 million for rent or mortgage assistance to eligible households impacted by COVID-19.

Funding is provided through the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) and the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program. ESG-CV funds are available for residents in need of short-term rental assistance and SHIP funds will provide both short-term rental assistance and mortgage assistance, financial advice or disaster prevention. seized from households that have lost their jobs or income during the coronavirus pandemic. Funding allocations are:

All applicants must meet the income criteria required by the funding sources. Qualifications include a median income of 50% or less for ESG-CV applicants and less than 120% of the AMI for SHIP applicants.

“We are thrilled to release this emergency funding directly to members of our community who need it most right now,” said Kristi Sonntag, director, Collier County Community and Human Services.

For more information on how to apply, residents should contact United Way Online at www.unitedwayofcolliercounty.org or call 239-263-4211. ¦