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COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program

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This program is closed as of May 19, 2020, and will reopen when additional funds are secured.

 

The City of Sunrise recognizes the impact that COVID-19 has had on its residents.   In support of our community, the City has created the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program.  This program provides assistance to eligible City of Sunrise residents who have experienced a loss of income as a result of COVID-19.

  •  Applications will be processed on a first come, first qualified, first served basis.
  •  If additional funding is available after applications are processed, the program will be reopened. 
  • Applications received prior to Monday, May 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM will not be considered.
  • Applications that are emailed must have all supporting documents attached and original signed application and notarized documents delivered to the City of Sunrise Community Development Department Redevelopment & Grants Division within 3 business days.
  • City staff is available at the City of Sunrise Community Development Department to notarize applications.  All signatory must provide proper identification for notary.

 

AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

  • Temporary Rent and/or Utility Payments
    The City will assist residents with up to 3 months of rent and/or utility assistance.  Rental assistance will be provided up to $5,000.  In addition, qualified applicants will be granted up to $1,000 of assistance for utility payments.  Utilities included within this program are water and sewage, electric and gas.  
  • Temporary Mortgage and/or Utility Payments
    The City will assist homeowners with up to 3 months of mortgage and/or utility assistance.  Mortgage assistance will be provided up to $5,000.  In addition, qualified applicants will be granted up to $1,000 of assistance for utility payments.   

 

ELIGIBILITY

Residents must meet the eligibility criteria specified below, complete an application for the program, and provide all required supporting documentation to determine household eligibility. 

All Programs

  • Must reside within the corporate City limits
  • Household gross annual income must not exceed current program guidelines:

  • SHIP Requires a household not exceed 120% of the Area Median Income

  • CDBG Requires a household not exceed 80% Area Median Income

  • Must have a documentable loss of income due to COVID-19, including a reduction of hours, unemployment, or underemployment
  • Utility bills provided must be in applicant’s name or a household member’s name
  • Must not receive duplicate benefits and must sign a Duplication of Benefits agreement with the City 

Additional Requirements for Rent Assistance

  • Lease must be in applicant’s name or a household member’s name
  • Must be the applicants primary residence

Additional Requirements for Mortgage Assistance

  • Property must be registered in applicant’s name or a household member’s name
  • Mortgage must be in applicant’s name or household member’s name
  • Property must have homesteaded exemption with the Broward County Property Appraisers Office. Verification of this requirement is available at: https://bcpa.net/RecMenu.asp

 

PROGRAM PROCESS

  1. The Community Development Department, Redevelopment and Grants Division, will be responsible for the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program.  In order to participate, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and complete the following steps.  Prior to application submission, please review the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions.

    Applicants shall complete the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance application and submit the completed application, including all supporting documentation to:

    City of Sunrise
    Community Development Department
    Redevelopment and Grants Division
    1601 NW 136th Avenue, Building A
    Sunrise, FL 33323
    (954)572-2315
    Housing@sunrisefl.gov
  2. City staff will process the application for eligibility.  If applicant household is eligible and funds are available, the applicant will be asked to sign an income certification and a Duplication of Benefits  agreement.  City staff will notify the resident of application status, once it has been reviewed.
  3. City staff will coordinate payment directly to the applicant’s landlord, mortgage lender, and/or utility companies as applicable.


QUESTIONS

For questions or information regarding the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program, please contact the Community Development Department Redevelopment and Grants Division at 954-572-2315 or Housing@sunrisefl.gov.