TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tampa’s online portal to apply for rental and move-in assistance money has opened.

The Rental and Move-in Assistance Program (RMAP) provides Tampa residents with money for security deposits, first and last month’s rent, and/or an ongoing monthly rental subsidy, according to the city’s website. The city has allocated $6 million in funds for the program for 2023. Households can get assistance for up to a year. The average award amount is around $10,000. 

“We hear the call for help and are working as quickly as possible to get qualified, local renters the help they desperately need to pay their rent bill,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “Most of our housing programs are funded with state and federal dollars, but in times like these, we are carefully crunching the numbers and applying a generous portion of the City’s general funds to expand our potential and help more people. We have made remarkable progress and are eager to keep moving forward.”

The online application portal will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays only. Up to 250 applications will be accepted each day, according to the website.

To find out if you are eligible, complete the prescreen on the city’s website. If you’re eligible, the system will let you fill out the application. If you run into issues completing the form, call (813) 274-5151 (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for assistance.