COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program
The City's Grant Program application is currently closed. If you are looking for assistance please apply with the County at www.recoverstlucie.org.
On May 11, 2020 City Council approved the COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program. This program is only available to existing residents of the City of Port St. Lucie.
The COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program provides assistance to eligible residents of the City of Port St. Lucie who have experienced loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic only. Assistance will only be provided for rents or mortgage payments past due beginning on April 1, 2020 and onward.
The grant, will offer up to 2 months’ rent, up to a maximum of $3,000, to residents who income qualify and reside within the City limits. For the purposes of this grant applicants' income after the Florida state of emergency was declared March 9, 2020. Anyone who has not experienced a loss (total or partial) of income will not qualify.
Eligible applicants must be able to continue to make rental and mortgage payments and meet basic needs once assistance is provided. Applicants seeking mortgage assistance must first attempt to receive assistance in the form of forbearance from their lending institution before applying for the grant. All grant payments will be made directly to the landlord or lending institution (grants will not be paid to applicants).
Staff encourages you to carefully review the eligibility requirements in the Program Guide.
If you choose to apply for the program, you must first complete the "Pre-Qualification Questionnaire." The Pre-Qualification Questionnaire will be available here beginning on 05/18/2020 at 8 a.m.
Updated May 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.: The City is experiencing a high volume of Pre-Qualification Questionnaire submissions. Please note: we will process all submissions and send instructions about the next steps via email by the end of the day. If you do not have an email address on file you will be contacted by telephone.
Update as of 3:42 p.m. on 5/18/20: Due to a high volume of submissions we can no longer accept anymore Pre-Qualification Questionnaires. We apologize for any inconvenience and will update our website if and when any more program funding becomes available.
Applicant(s) will receive an application when they have completed the questionnaire. This step is mandatory. You will receive an application and additional instructions after you complete the questionnaire online. More details and instructions are outlined in the Program Guide.
If you have any difficulty accessing the questionnaire, Internet or a computer please call the City 1PSL line at (772) 871-1775 (1PSL) or write to COVIDgrant@cityofpsl.com.
Neighborhood Services - Community Services Division
This division provides information about community and social services to residents. If the City does not offer a service we refer residents to the appropriate agencies available locally and throughout St. Lucie County.
211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages. If you need information you can always call or text 211 from any phone.
For more information about programs in the area please consult:
- 211 St. Lucie County Community Guide to Services
- 211 Helpline: Publications & Reports
The division also works year round to leverage funding for City projects and neighborhood programs through grants. The division plans and administers federal, state, local and other types of grants for the City at large. All of these programs help to expand the City’s ability to complete improvement projects and encourage City staff to responsibly pursue external funding opportunities.
The City receives federal and state grant funds from the following programs that work to address housing and community development projects: