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Florida Continues to Lead the Nation, Awarding More Than $183 Million Through the Florida Homeowner Assistance Fund

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Florida Continues to Lead the Nation, Awarding More Than $183 Million Through the Florida Homeowner Assistance Fund
 
 ~ Weekly Update for the Homeowner Assistance Fund,
Week of July 11 - July 15 ~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that it has awarded more than $183 million in total relief, with more than $26 million awarded this week alone, to some of Florida’s most vulnerable homeowners through the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). 
 
"Florida's HAF program is making a significant impact in the lives of Florida families, preventing foreclosure so they are able to stay in their homes," said DEO Secretary Dane Eagle. "Florida continues to lead the nation in HAF award payments, connecting the state's most vulnerable homeowners with relief and helping them catch up on their housing expenses."
 
 
 
 
 
 
PROGRAM UPDATES FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 11 - JULY 15
 
Applications
  • A total of 6,607 homeowner applications have been approved by DEO, representing more than $183 million in awards to date.
  • 15,929 homeowners have been invited to apply but have not started their applications.
  • 11,887 applications have been started by homeowners but have not been submitted.
  • 10,531 applications have been submitted to DEO by homeowners.
 
Registrations
  • 54,540 eligible registrations have been submitted.
  • 51,529 registrations are Tier 1, and all have been invited to apply for relief.
  • 3,011 registrations are Tier 2.
 
DEO continues to prioritize Florida’s most vulnerable homeowners and is inviting homeowners in Tier 1 to apply for assistance. DEO will invite homeowners in Tier 2 to apply after homeowners in Tier 1 have received assistance, pending the availability of funding. DEO remains committed to processing Florida’s HAF program registrations and applications as quickly as possible.
 
 
 
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: GETTING THE WORD OUT
 
DEO continues to connect with homeowners in Florida communities through through the following outreach efforts:
  • More than 340 outreach events have been facilitated with:
  • 52 faith-based organizations,
  • 51 community-based organizations,
  • 135 local businesses, and
  • 49 local governments. 
  • Additional outreach efforts include:
  • Partnerships with university campus organizations that focus on community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities. 
  • Grassroots outreach efforts such as high-traffic canvassing, information booths, and speaking opportunities
  • The network of Florida Urban League Affiliates, providing services in 19 counties across the State of Florida, representing two-thirds of the state's population.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Florida HAF team member shares information about the Homeowner Assistance Fund at Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Duval County. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Florida HAF team member shares information about the program at Greater Bethel A.M.E Church in Alachua County.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER LOCATIONS
 
Nearly 1,300 homeowners have been assisted at Florida Homeowner Assistance Fund Customer Assistance Centers.
 
Homeowners may visit one of eight in-person Customer Assistance Centers for assistance. At a customer assistance center, homeowners may:
  • Complete a registration for the Florida HAF program.
  • Once the homeowner has been invited to apply, receive assistance with completing an application for assistance through the Florida HAF program.
  • Receive assistance with uploading documentation necessary to complete an application.
  • Receive an update on the status of a submitted application for assistance through the Florida HAF program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
 
  • Florida homeowners who have been impacted by the pandemic and believe they may be eligible to receive relief through the HAF program are encouraged to register to participate in the program. Potential applicants can complete the registration process by visiting www.FLHomeownerAssistance.org.
 
  • Registration assists DEO in determining the eligibility and prioritization of prospective applicants for the program.
 
  • After registrants are determined eligible, they receive an invitation to apply for assistance and are encouraged to apply for all types of assistance available through the HAF program, including mortgage and utility assistance.
 
 
RESOURCES FOR APPLICANTS
 
The Homeowner Assistance Fund Customer Assistance Center (833-987-8997) is available Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern Time), for all inquiries and questions.
 
Additional resources listed below are available at www.FLHomeownerAssistance.org:
   
 
PREVIOUS PROGRAM UPDATES
 
  • On February 9, 2022, DEO received approval of the state of Florida's Homeowner Assistance Fund Needs Assessment and Plan from the United States Department of the Treasury (U.S. Treasury) to implement the state's HAF program for eligible homeowners. The Needs Assessment and Plan was submitted to the U.S. Treasury on August 20, 2021.
 
  • Prior to the approval of the state’s HAF Needs Assessment and Plan, DEO began utilizing 10 percent of the allocated funding to launch the Homeowner Assistance Fund Pilot Program in November 2021, in accordance with U.S. Treasury guidance. The state of Florida was one of 12 states to proactively launch a HAF Pilot Program while waiting for the U.S. Treasury to approve its Needs Assessment and Plan.
 
  • On February 28, 2022, DEO initiated Phase 2 of the HAF program by opening registration for prospective applicants. Applicants determined eligible through the registration process are currently receiving unique application links by email to apply for up to $50,000 in assistance.
 
  • On June 24, 2022, DEO reached a key milestone awarding more than $100 million to assist Florida's vulnerable homeowners. 
 
 
 
ABOUT HAF
 
 
 
Florida's Homeowner Assistance Fund is designed to mitigate financial hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing homeowners’ mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures, and displacements, as well as by providing assistance with home energy services, internet, property and/or flood insurance, property taxes, and homeowner or condominium association fees. Eligible Florida homeowners may receive up to $50,000 in assistance.
 
 
 
ABOUT DEO
 
 
 
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce, and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.FloridaJobs.org.
 
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Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 107 E. Madison Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 | 850.245.7110 | Media@DEO.MyFlorida.com | www.FloridaJobs.org
 
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