OUR Florida provides eligible applicants assistance with past due utilities. Florida utility providers please go here to register to receive eligible payments from the OUR Florida program.
Payments for utilities must be made directly to utility companies. All payments for utilities and home energy costs must be supported by a bill, or invoice in the name of the tenant reflecting the address for each qualifying utility for a period after April 1, 2020.
Utilities and home energy costs that are covered by the landlord are treated as rent. The applicant is not required to apply for or receive rental assistance in order to request assistance for utility arrearages.
Utility assistance may be provided for households receiving rental assistance under tenant-based or project-based Section 8, other HUD rental assistance or a USDA Rural Development rental assistance program, living in a public housing unit, or already receiving emergency rental assistance from another source. Utility and/or home energy arrearages may cover a period equal to or less than 18 months and must only be paid in arrears.
Eligible Floridians can apply online, right here at OURFlorida.com. The online portal is the most efficient way for applicants to supply documentation, receive verification and obtain relief.
If you are currently experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, you may access your local continuum of care for additional resources.