United We Care: Martin County's COVID-19 Relief Fund
Welcome to the pre-qualification questionnaire for United We Care: Martin County's COVID-19 Relief Fund. This program is a partnership between the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and United Way of Martin County that will provide one-time assistance to support eligible Martin County residents who have suffered a reduction or loss of employment income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to assist with: rent or mortgage and utility bills.
Read the information below, and please apply if you meet the criteria.
Who is eligible for United We Care: Martin County's COVID-19 Relief Fund?
Any Martin County resident is eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:
- Have a household income of less than 120% of the median income level (as shown in the table below)
- Have suffered an economic hardship (i.e. a reduction or loss of employment income) caused directly by COVID-19
- Applicant(s) must document the loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that contributed to missed payments.
- Applicant(s) must apply for unemployment benefits and provide support documentation if they qualify.
- Applicant(s) or household members must not have received any other financial assistance for rent, mortgage or utilities for the timeframe that assistance is being requested.
- Applicant(s) or household members must not have any liquid assets, available to them at the time of application, in the excess of $5,000 for 1-2 person households and $7,500 for 3+ person households.
- Applicants may only apply once for assistance. However, they may apply for multiple services, but must apply for all services at same time.
What can the assistance cover?
Funding from the program can cover the following household expenses. Payments must have been due after March 1, 2020. Payments due prior to this date are not eligible.
- Rental Payments
- Mortgage Payments (Primary Residence Only)
- Utility Payments (Electric, Water, Gas)
Payments will be made directly to the landlord/mortgage lender/utility on your behalf.
What is the maximum amount available from the program?
The program can cover past-due payments of up to $5,000. The actual amount of relief per household will be determined on a case by case basis. The fund assistance amount, deadlines and eligibility may be altered as circumstances change. Available funds are limited.
What happens next?
After you submit your prequalification questionnaire you will receive an email confirmation. A case manager from either House of Hope or Salvation Army of Martin County will contact you as soon as possible about program eligibility.
Eligible applicants will be provided the program application and checklist of required documents (see list below). You will also be given a deadline to complete the application and to submit documentation. Please understand additional information may be requested and required after your application has been reviewed. You will have an opportunity to work with a case manager to provide any additional information. We appreciate your patience as we help your household recover from COVID-19.
What documents do I need to apply for assistance?
Below is a list of required documents. All documents must be submitted to the agency that is assisting you in order to process your application. Incomplete applications may result in delays or application denial.
- Photo IDs for all adults in the household 18 years old or older
- Birth Certificates for all children in the household under age 18
- Social Security Cards for all in the household, where appropriate
- Proof of reduction or loss of income due to COVID-19 (Submit one or more):
- Letter from employer stating your job loss or reduced work schedule and hours. Letter must be dated and include supervisor’s name along with their contact information (email and/or phone number).
- Unemployment benefits award letter and/or unemployment submitted application
- Two consecutive pay stubs prior to crisis AND two most recent consecutive pay stubs with reduced hours
- Evidence for loss of income if self-employed (i.e. 2019 tax return with all schedules and a signed and dated year to date profit and loss statement)
- Case manager may require you to certify self-income declaration documentation if deemed necessary during the review process.
- Proof of any current income for all in the household to determine income eligibility:
- Pay stubs for last two (2) months, recent Child support payments, 2020 benefit award letters from Social Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, and/or DCF ACCESS Cash Assistance
- Proof of program asset limits for all household members
- Bank statements and/or other account statements from the past two (2) months including the most recent transaction history
- Proof of need request(s):
- For rent- lease agreement and past due rent notice, where appropriate
- For mortgage- most recent mortgage statement
- For utility- past due utility statement(s)
If I’m approved for assistance, how long will it take for the debt to be paid?
Once you have been notified that you have been approved for the program, payment will be made on your behalf within 45 days.
All payments will be made directly to the landlord/mortgage lender/utility company.