Florida, known as the Sunshine State, is a great place to live. One of the drawbacks, however, can be the rising cost of living.
The housing prices continue to climb, making it more expensive to buy or rent a home. This may be a major challenge for those who are disabled and living in the state.
There is housing assistance for the disabled in Florida, and those programs can help ensure that you have access to affordable housing options.
Whether you want to own a home or rent one there are housing assistance programs in the state of Florida that will help.
The programs will provide help with paying your rent, avoiding foreclosure, and such things as paying the deposit so you can move into an apartment.
Apply with several programs to see which ones will give you the best opportunity and help meet your needs and housing goals.
Keep in mind that where you live in the state of Florida is going to greatly impact housing costs.
When you live near major cities, such as Miami or Tampa, the cost of renting an apartment or buying a home is much more expensive.
According to the New York Post, as an example, in 2022 the rent in miami spiked 57% (!!!).
The state is filled with smaller, more rural areas, which offer more affordable housing options for disabled people.
Housing Assistance Programs for Disabled in Florida
Dollar Homes – If you dream of owning a home but have a low income you may be able to purchase one for just $1 through a federal government program. The program takes homes that have a value of no more than $25,000 and they allow low-income people to purchase them for just one dollar. To qualify for the program you have to meet the low income requirements. You will be limited to choosing a home from their list of options, but the program gives disabled and low income people the opportunity to become homeowners.
USDA Rural Development Program – This federally funded program will provide housing assistance for disabled in Florida. There is a stipulation that the housing must be in a rural area. If you don’t mind owning a home in a rural area, this program may help you do that. They provide the housing assistance to those in rural areas to buy or build a home, make repairs to their home, or refinance their current home to make the payments more affordable. Apply directly with the program to see if you meet the qualifications and get information about the rural areas in Florida that qualify.
Florida Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – This federal program is available in every state, including Florida.
The mission of HUD is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable housing, including those who are disabled in Florida. HUD offers multiple options to help with housing needs.
Their Section 8 program will provide those who qualify with public housing where they can live for free. They also offer a voucher program, where you can choose where you want to live and they will help you pay for the rent.
The place you choose has to meet its safety standards in order to qualify for housing assistance.
In addition to helping pay rent, they will also help buyers avoid foreclosure, and will provide weatherization services. To begin the process of getting housing assistance for disabled people in Florida, apply with the Florida HUD office.
Housing Authority – Major metropolitan areas in Florida offer a housing authority, which is an office that helps people find affordable housing and gives them access to housing assistance. The offices are located throughout the state.
Contact the Orlando Housing Authority, Miami Dade Housing Authority, Tampa Housing Authority, Jacksonville Housing Authority, Ocala Housing Authority, and the Tallahassee Housing Authority for information on housing assistance for the disabled in Florida. Each of these offices has access to programs that will help you pay your rent, purchase a home, avoid foreclosure, and make home repairs.
In addition to these programs and institutions exists to help people with housing needs. Their mission is to help you find affordable housing, pay rent, and avoid becoming homeless. They also have programs that will help you pay for your repairs, as well as your heating and cooling bills.
Be sure to contact these resources to see what type of housing assistance for disabled people are in your area.
Also, reach out to your local city offices to what programs are available.
Even small towns have government offices that have access to grant information to help people with their housing needs and paying their rent.
Florida Rent Relief Programs
Recently, the state of Florida have added new programs that help people with paying their rent payments.
Some of these programs are for people with disabilities only, while others were created in order to assist all Floridians with paying their rent.
We highly recommend that, if you are in need of financial assistance when it comes to your housing situations, you apply to all of them.
1.Our Florida – Rental Assistance
Our Florida rental assistance program was created in order to provide rental relief, as they continue to recover from the recent crisis the state have been through.
They accept applications from all Florida residences and its completely free to apply.
The program is funded by the federal government, and we have received many emails from people who qualified.
In some cases, they will cover your entire rent payment.
Apply to the Our Florida Program by Clicking Here.
2.The Emergency Rental Assistance Program
As the economy is recovering from the pandemic, the federal government made it its mission to help keep families in their homes.
This program is open to the entire nation, so as long as you hold an american citizenship, you are free to apply.
If you qualify for this program, they will send the funds to your bank account, and you are free to use them for your rent payment.
Apply to the emergency rental assistance program by clicking here.
3. Section 811 Rent and Housing Assistance for Disabled People
The section 811 was built in order to assist disabled persons, with their living expenses.
Not to be confused with section 8 housing, section 811 is specifically helping people with disabilities.
If you qualify, they also provide affordable housing solutions, which is great if you’re having financial issues.
To apply to section 811 housing assistance program, click here.
The Bottom Line
Living in Florida became extremely expensive recently; As many people move down to Florida from the north (states like NY, for example), the cost of living, and of housing specifically becomes too much for some people to bear.
We hope this post helped you with finding some grants or assistance and please share it if you find it helpful.
Our mission is to help as many Americans, disabled and enabled, as possible.