Tampa Bay awarded 24% of Florida’s local rental assistance funds, nearly 8K families helped


Signs hang on an apartment building during the pandemic, 2021 (Nexstar, file)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — More than $24 billion in rental assistance funding has already been distributed across the United States, aimed at forestalling evictions and keeping people in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Florida has received $1.4 billion in funds for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Florida is one of the top five states in the country, with $1.4 billion awarded.

Texas, the state immediately above Florida in terms of funding awarded, has helped almost 200,000 families through the nearly $2 billion it received.

By comparison, Florida has only helped 34,901 households. New York, the state ranked just below Florida for funding, has only helped 3,110 households with its $1.2 billion.

Here’s the top five breakdown for states who got the most funding so far:

StateFunding AwardedHouseholds helped as of July 2021
New York$1,282,268,820.903,110
(Source: U.S. Treasury ERAP Compliance Report)

Of the $1.4 billion Florida received, $871.2 million went to the state government to distribute through its own program, OUR Florida. The remaining $570 million was split among counties and cities for distribution at a more local level.

Breaking it down, Tampa Bay received about $138 million in ERAP funds across counties and cities. That accounts for roughly 24% of all local allotments in Florida.

Tampa Bay local government distributions have helped 7,992 households, or about 23% of families who received help across Florida.

In the table below, the specifics for Tampa Bay are laid out, with dollar values in millions:

Local Government$ Jan. to March 2021$ April 2021$ May 2021$ June 2021$ July 2021Households helped Jan. to March 2021Households helped April 2021Households helped May 2021Households helped June 2021Households helped July 2021Total $ Distributed in Millions
City of St. Petersburg$.0$.0$.4$1.2$1.7866174242$8.0
City of Tampa$.0$3.8$.7$1.11,011178355$12.1
Hillsborough County$.0$.0$2.7$3.
Manatee County$.0$.5$.9$.7$.248516110041$12.2
Pasco County$1.5$1.0$1.2$1.4$1.0290195223295226$16.7
Pinellas County$.0$.1$1.4$2.2$2.516192311376$21.4
Polk County$.6$.7$.7$.0$.81281541357130$21.9
Sarasota County$.0$.0$.2$.4$.62875115$13.1
(Source: U.S. Treasury)

In seven months, the state of Florida’s program has helped 12,009 households, using $135 million of the $871.2 million they received from ERAP.

Meanwhile, the current eviction moratorium through Oct. 3 is up for another battle in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The next compliance report, covering data through the month of August, will be published in September.

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