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Emergency Financial Assistance

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding has allowed Martin County to set aside funds for emergency rental assistance for qualified Martin County residents through the Martin County Rental Assistance Program. Emergency rental and utilities assistance is also being facilitated through the OUR (Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance) Florida Program. 

Martin County Rental Assistance Program:

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding has allowed Martin County to set aside funds for emergency rental assistance for qualified Martin County residents. Funds may be used for up to four (4) months of past rent and/or two (2) months of future rent for households that meet certain income qualifications and are experiencing a financial hardship during or because of the COVID-19 pandemic. View Eligibility Requirements

How to Apply:

Email FinancialAssist@martin.fl.us or call Martin County Human Services Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (772) 288-5785 to set up your pre-screen. Assistance is contingent on funding availability, as funding is limited

Additional Financial Assistance Programs

Low-income Martin County residents may be eligible for emergency financial assistance for payment of electric bills, water bills, minor auto repairs and/or rent. If you have a delinquent bill and meet the federal poverty level guidelines, you may qualify. View specific program details below. 

Emergency rental services: are offered to income-eligible households who have experienced a loss in employment income and have no other available resources. Priority will be given to households with a complete loss of income.

Please note: Human Services DOES NOT locate rental units or homes. It is the applicant’s responsibility to locate their rental unit or home. If you need assistance with services not offered by Human Services, we encourage you to review our Resource Guide, which lists community agencies that may offer the service(s) that you are looking for.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Suffered a hardship resulting in a loss of employment or income
  • Must live in Martin County
  • Be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level

Proof of income required.

Members in Household

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Income Limit

$25,760

$34,840

$43,920

$53,000

$62,080

$71,160

$80,240

$89,320

$98,400

$107,480

 

FAQS:

What are the eligibility requirements?

Applicants must have sustained a loss in employment income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants must currently reside in Martin County and the household income may not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Applicants living with their spouse or partner are considered a household. The household must also demonstrate a need for service(s). 

Proof of hardship is required.

What does the program pay for?

Income eligible households may receive financial assistance for emergency services such as rental assistance. Priority will be given to households with a complete loss of income.

How is income eligibility determined?

Income eligibility is based on the household’s most current economic situation. Gross income must be used per grant guidelines. Applicants living with their spouse or partner are considered a household. Verifying documentation required. The household must also demonstrate a need for service(s). The household cannot have any other available resources.

What is considered income?

The following is considered income per grant guidelines:

  • Money wages and salaries before any deductions;
  • Self-employment wages after deductions for business expenses;
  • Social Security payments;
  • Unemployment;
  • Worker’s compensation;
  • Veteran benefits;
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
  • Alimony;
  • Child support;
  •  All other allowable sources of income as determined by the grant guidelines.

What documents are required?

The following documents must be provided at the time of appointment:

  • Picture ID for all adults in the household 18 or older
  • Social Security Cards for all in household
  • Birth Certificates for all children in the household under 18
  • Proof of loss in household income such as unemployment benefits, 2 months/60 days of pay stubs, and/or letter from employer showing loss of employment and/or reduction in hours.
  • Copy of housing lease/rental agreement, mortgage statement, and/or notarized statement from property owner if renting a room
  • Utility bill showing current address
  • Food stamp award letter
  • Landlord W-9 Form

Additional documents may be requested, including but not limited to:

  • Bank statements
  • Custody documentation
  • Household bills, etc.

HOW TO APPLY:

Martin County residents who who are seeking rental assistance and who meet the eligibility requirements must call the Martin County Human Services office for a pre-screen at (772) 288-5785, or email FinancialAssist@martin.fl.us.

The Lend a Hand Program: is a water bill assistance program that can assist households that reside in Martin County and are Martin County Utilities customers with past due water bills. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Must be a Martin County resident
  • Must be a Martin County Utilities customer
  • Must be below 200% of poverty level
  • Have a crisis that is preventing them from paying the bill
  • $200 maximum assistant amount 
  • Can only apply for assistance once every 2 years

HOW TO APPLY:

If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to apply for water bill assistance, please complete the Water Assistance Application. Please be sure to include copies or photos of all of the supporting documents listed on the first page. Once the application is completed, please email it to FinancialAssist@martin.fl.us. Applications will be reviewed and the applicant will be contacted regarding eligibility and next steps.

If you are unable to complete the application online, you may call the Martin County Human Services office at (772) 288-5785 to schedule an appointment and we will arrange for you to complete the application at our office located at 435 SE Flagler Avenue in Stuart.

The Care to Share Program: is an FPL electric bill assistance program that can assist households that reside in Martin County and have received a past due or final notice FPL bill. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Must be a Martin County resident
  • Must be below income threshold in Table 1.1 (located on page 2 of the application).
  • Have a past due or final notice bill
  • Have a crisis that prevented them from paying the bill
  • Have a plan for how they will pay the next bill
  • $500 maximum assistant amount 
  • Can only apply for assistance once every 12 months

HOW TO APPLY:

If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to apply for electric bill assistance, please complete the Electric Assistance Application. Please be sure to include copies or photos of all of the supporting documents listed on the first page. Once the application is completed, please email it to FinancialAssist@martin.fl.us. Applications will be reviewed and the applicant will be contacted regarding eligibility and next steps.

If you are unable to complete the application online, you may call the Martin County Human Services office at (772) 288-5785 to schedule an appointment and we will arrange for you to complete the application at our office located at 435 SE Flagler Avenue in Stuart.

The Minor Auto Repair Program: offers income-eligible households assistance with small auto repairs such as batteries, tires, water hoses, brakes, engine belts, etc. Repairs must be needed to maintain employment, find employment, attend secondary education/training, and/or ongoing health care (routine appointments are not eligible). 

Please note: Martin County does not provide suggestions for auto shops or assist with repair estimates.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Martin County
  • Vehicle ownership
  • Current, valid FL registration and insurance
  • Household must meet income limits
  • Transportation need: work and/or school schedule, unemployment benefits, ongoing medical issues, etc.

Proof of income required.

Members in Household

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Income Limit

$25,760

$34,840

$43,920

$53,000

$62,080

$71,160

$80,240

$89,320

$98,400

$107,480

 

FAQS:

What are the eligibility requirements?

Applicants must currently reside in Martin County and need repairs to maintain employment, education/training, or ongoing health care. Applicants MUST have proof of ownership (FL title) and current, valid car insurance. Only small repairs, $500 or less, such as batteries, tires, water hoses, brakes, engine belts, etc. are eligible for financial assistance.

Income eligibility is based on household size. A household is defined as an individual or group of individuals living together as one economic unit regardless of relation. Applicants living with their spouse or partner, are considered a household. The household income may not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level in order to qualify for assistance. Income guidelines listed above.

The household must also demonstrate a need for service(s).

What type of repairs are eligible for assistance?

Small repairs such as batteries, tires, water hoses, brakes, engine belts, etc. are eligible for financial assistance. Any repairs over $500 will not be considered unless the household can pay for the difference of the repair. At least two estimates from licensed auto repair companies are required.

How is income eligibility determined?

Income eligibility is based on the household’s most current economic situation. Gross income must be used per grant guidelines. Applicants living with their spouse or partner are considered a household. Verifying documentation required. The household must also demonstrate a need for service(s). The household cannot have any other available resources.

What is considered income?

The following is considered income per grant guidelines:

  • Money wages and salaries before any deductions;
  • Self-employment wages after deductions for business expenses;
  • Social Security payments;
  • Unemployment;
  • Worker’s compensation;
  • Veteran benefits;
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
  • Alimony;
  • Child support;
  • And all other allowable sources of income as determined by the grant guidelines.

What documents are required?

The following documents must be provided at the time of appointment:

  • Picture ID for all adults in the household 18 or older
  • Social Security Cards for all in household
  • Birth Certificates for all children in the household under 18
  • Proof of all household income for prior 30 days
  • Proof of Martin County residency such as lease or utility bill
  • Valid driver’s license for applicant
  • Proof of active Florida registration
  • Proof of active auto insurance
  • Proof of employment, education/training classes, OR ongoing medical care for last 30 days
  • Auto shop business license insurance
  • Two separate quotes for repair

Additional documents may be requested including but not limited to:

  • Bank statements
  • Custody documentation
  • Household bills, etc.

What is considered ongoing health care?

Appointments for ongoing medical services such as dialysis or cancer treatment, which requires one or more weekly visits are eligible. Verifying documentation required.

Doctors’ appointments for ROUTINE health care such as blood work, physicals, eye exams, dental exams, etc. are NOT eligible.

Can the program reimburse individuals for repairs?

No, the program cannot reimburse individuals for repairs. Assistance can only be paid directly to a licensed auto repair shop.

HOW TO APPLY:

Martin County residents who who are seeking to apply for the Minor Auto Repair Program and who meet the eligibility requirements must call the Martin County Human Services office for a pre-screen at (772) 288-5785, or email FinancialAssist@martin.fl.us.

Contact Us

For any additional questions about emergency financial assistance, please select the "Submit a Request for Help or Information" button below to submit an inquiry online, or contact Martin County Human Services Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (772) 288-5456.