Resources for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA)


Many counties are now providing direct rental assistance for those who have been impacted by COVID-19. Below are links with more information regarding income eligibility and directions for applying.

GLS does not provide direct rental assistance. However, we may be help you navigate the legal portion of your housing issue. For example, if you have lost income due to COVID-19 and are facing an eviction, GLS may be able to delay the eviction process or stop it altogether. If you become a client, we may also be able to assist you in navigating the county portals for Emergency Rental Assistance.

For help with a legal issue, apply for GLS services here.

Sarasota County ERA:

Residents of Sarasota County may receive housing assistance through the County here.

Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional three months if the grantee determines the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and grantee funds are available. Households may reapply for additional assistance at the end of the three-month period if needed and the overall time limit for assistance is not exceeded.

Manatee County ERA:

Residents of Manatee County may receive housing assistance through the County here.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) provides funds to renters in Manatee County and its municipalities who are delinquent on rent and in need of rental payment assistance due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds will be provided as a grant for rent and landlord-paid utilities for approved applicants. Eligible renters may receive grant funds up to 12 months of assistance, if needed, through November 2021, whichever is less. Funds will be paid directly to the landlord.

Pinellas County ERA:

Residents of Pinellas County may receive housing assistance through the County here.

You may qualify if: 

  • You’ve lost your job or significant income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 
  • You’re behind on rent payments or at risk of missing a rent payment, and 
  • You have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI).


For more information about the GLS housing program, click here.