GLS Eviction Mitigation Project

How We Can Help:

The GLS Eviction Mitigation Project provides clients in Pinellas County with direct legal services regarding housing, eviction and foreclosure, and financial stability. GLS can assist clients in stabilizing their income, addressing eviction notices or impending eviction notices, landlord/tenant issues, and other housing issues.

Direct services will include advice, legal counseling, assistance with pro se forms, brief service, and/or full representation in court. The Project will assist with legal issues including, but not limited to, the following matters:

  • eviction
  • foreclosure/mortgage payments
  • landlord/tenant issues
  • credit disputes
  • collections/repossessions
  • financial exploitation
  • fraud/scams
  • fees/fines/interest

In addition, GLS clients will receive fast-tracked funding for rental assistance to resolve their cases as per negotiated settlement agreements. This means if you owe back rent, GLS may be able to assist you in paying those funds to your landlord. Funding will be distributed by a trusted community partner agency.

Who is Eligible for Assistance:

To be eligible for assistance, you must be living in Pinellas County and have been financially impacted by COVID-19 (such as a lay-off, reduced work hours, impending eviction due to nonpayment of rent, etc.). Clients must earn under 250% of the federal poverty level.

How to Get Help:

Apply online. You can apply online for legal services 24 hours a day. A member of our staff will contact you to let you know if your application has been accepted or not. Emergency cases (domestic violence and urgent housing matters) will be prioritized and contacted first.

Apply by phone if you do not have internet service. Staff is available Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. excluding holidays. Call us at (800) 230-5920.

Apply in person if you do not have a phone or internet access. In-person applications can be completed at the Pinellas County office address below:

501 1st Ave N., Suite 420
St. Petersburg FL 33701

Helpful Documents to Have for Your Appointment:

Below are some helpful documents you may want to have on hand with you for your first appointment. These documents will help us move forward with your case. You do not need to bring all of these documents, only those that apply to your situation.

  • Unemployment Determination Letter from Unemployment
  • Letter from the employer outlining COVID-19 related layoff
  • Proof your employer was required to close due to an Executive Order.
    • You will also need a paystub from that employer at the time the Executive Order was issued to prove employment.
  • Paystubs:
    • One paystub from pre-COVID impact period and
    • One paystub from COVID-19 Impact period showing a reduction in hours and income.
  • Bank Statements:
    • One bank statement from pre-COVID impact period and
    • One bank statement from COVID-19 Impact period showing a reduction in hours and income.
  • Positive COVID-19 Test Leading to Loss of Income:
    • This can be a letter from the employer or paystubs prior to the quarantine period and during quarantine period.
  • Your lease and landlord information, along with any documented landlord interactions.

 

Funding provided by the Pinellas Community Foundation. 

 

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