Pinellas County, Florida has a new eviction diversion program for renters and landlords affected by COVID-19 hardships. It is run by a civil legal aid group, the Community Law Program. It has a robust website, online application, and phone line for people interested.
Eligibility Criteria for the Eviction Diversion Program:
- Must have been economically impacted by COVID-19.
- No prior eviction or writs of possession within the last 12 months.
- Must have a combined household income at or below 200% of federal poverty.
- Must be a Pinellas County resident.
For Landlords, the tenant must meet the criteria stated above. There are no additional requirements.
What the Program Offers Participants
If the case is viable for mediation, a certified mediator will serve as a neutral third party to help tenants and landlords develop their own solution to resolve their dispute.
Numerous governmental resources are available to help tenants catch up on rent following a COVID-19 impact. The funds are paid directly to the landlord.
Stable Housing Navigator
With permission from the tenant, the PEDP team will gather information about your current & desired housing situation and then make a referral to a Housing Navigator to help find a new home. Help paying initial rent for the new home may also be available.