Resident Assistance Program

smiling-man-paying-billThe City of Largo wants to help Largo individuals and families who have fallen behind on housing and utility bills due to impacts of COVID-19. Largo's Resident Assistance Program is available to  help Largo households who have suffered a loss in income from COVID-19 furloughs, lay-offs, reduced hours, or company closings with housing and utility costs.  Below you can find more information on pre-qualification information, how to submit an application online and documentation needed when you apply. 

The application period for the Largo Resident Assistance Program will close on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM.  Applications must be fully submitted by that date.  Please make sure all required attachments are uploaded into the application.

In addition to housing and utility cost assistance, the program can provide funds for housing counseling, emergency home repairs and insurance payments. Applicants can apply directly online for the Largo Resident Assistance Program.  For additional assistance, please contact Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation at Lcares@tampabaycdc.org or call 727-442-7075 Ext. 121.

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply for the City's Program
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY NOVEMBER 18, 2020 BY 5:00 PM.

Complete the Resident Assistance Program application via the online portal. New users will need to create an account in their preferred language (English, Spanish, or French) and upload the following documentation for eligibility into your application:

If you are a homeowner applying for emergency home repair or insurance deductible assistance, you will also need to provide:
  • Copy of homeowners insurance
  • Home repair cost estimates (3 estimates from licensed/insured contractors)
  • Have contractor fill out W9 and Debarment forms located in the application portal.
Documents can be scanned in, attached as PDFs or you can take a photo of the document and upload the photo into the application.
Step 2: After you apply
After you complete the application and upload all documents, the City's program administrator, Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation, will review your application to officially determine your program eligibility.  If you qualify for the program, the agency will send your household the certification and grant agreement for you to sign.  For questions regarding your application or more information while applying, contact Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation at: Lcares@tampabaycdc.org or 727-442-7075 Ext. 121.

Once you are approved for the program, the City will process payments for eligible expenses.  Payments will be made directly to the vendors (ex. landlord, utility company).  Copies of payments made will be available for you to track in your application portal.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I qualify for Largo's Resident Assistance Program?
  • I have not received funding from other sources for the bills I need help paying.
  • I live in the City of Largo as my primary residence (Check the City of Largo Map - if you are located in the blue area, you are in City limits).
  • My household had a loss of income due to COVID-19 (furlough, lay off, reduced hours, company closed).
  • I rent an apartment, own my home, rent or own a mobile home in a mobile home park).
  • My total gross household income (before taxes) is below 120% of area median income (see chart)
What are the household income limits for the program?
Total household income (earned and unearned) cannot exceed the amounts below. This is based on your current household income.  Any child support, housing voucher assistance, unemployment income, social security income, and other similar income sources are also included in your household income.

  • 1 Person Household (HH): $59,160
  • 2 Person HH: $67,560
  • 3 Person HH: $75,960
  • 4 Person HH: $84,360
  • 5 Person HH: $91,200
  • 6 Person HH: $97,920
  • 7 Person HH: $104,640
  • 8 Person HH: $111,360
  • Larger HH sizes:  Please contact the City
How can I submit documents?
  • You can take pictures of your documents on your phone and upload them right into the "Required Documents" section in your application through the Resident Assistance Program Portal.
  • You can scan and upload documents from a computer and upload them right into the "Required Documents" section in your application through the Resident Assistance Program Portal.
  • Call Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation for assistance:  727-442-7075 Ext. 121 if you do not have the ability to do either of these and need help getting documents submitted.
**DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS TO THE PROGRAM IF IT HAS PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION OR ACCOUNT NUMBERS ON THE DOCUMENTS - BE CAREFUL OF FRAUDULENT EMAILS THAT MAY ASK YOU TO UPLOAD DOCUMENTS OR CLICK ON LINKS. You can always call the Resident Assistance Program if you are unsure about an email you receive from the Resident Assistance Program  at Lcares@tampabaycdc.org to confirm it came from the program.
What do I tell my Mortgage Company, Landlord or Utility Provider?
Please talk with your landlord about payment arrangements.  Let them know you are seeking help with your rent.  As long as your landlord is still willing to work with you, assistance may be available to you.  For more on tenant's rights, please visit one of the City's partner agencies Gulfcoast Legal Services.  Free housing counseling is also available to Largo resident through Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation for both renters and homeowners.

Residents are not automatically covered under the Federal CDC Eviction Moratorium.  For information on the federal CDC Eviction moratorium, visit the Gulfcoast Legal Services web site.  A declaration form must be submitted to your landlord for eligibility under the moratorium.

Please talk with your utility provider about payment arrangements. Let them know you are seeking help with your utility payment.

Review your credit history. You can submit notes to credit agencies explaining credit issues for notation on your credit history. Please note on your account you were furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic event.
How will my bills get paid?
The City will pay the vendors directly through check payments.  Payments will be made after your case is approved and your grant agreement is signed by you and the City.
What if I need food or other assistance?
Please contact 2-1-1 by phone or text your zip code to 898211 to find out about resources available in your area. The City of Largo has also compiled resources in its Community Resources site.
Where can I find other available community resources?

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