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Polk’s Eviction Prevention Program Deadline Extended


Published on Mar 5, 2021


Polk County’s COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program deadline has been extended through March 15.

The program, which opened in mid-February, is designed to provide property owners an alternative to eviction for those affected by the pandemic. The program can provide up to $7,000 in past due rent that will be paid directly to the landlord.

The landlord will initiate the application process; however, both parties must agree to participate and meet eligibility requirements. To start the process, landlords only need to provide a copy of a W-9 form and ledger showing delinquent payments. Multiple tenants can be submitted under the same application.

“Those documents can serve as a placeholder to get the application process started,” said Tamara West, Polk’s Housing and Neighborhood Development manager. “We know it takes time to gather up all the documentation that is required and we want to work with all of our applicants on getting that done. We don’t expect everyone to have all of the information immediately.”

Last month, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution accepting about $21.8 million from the federal government’s approved Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Polk’s share, which was received Jan. 19, is part of a $25 billion program to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the pandemic. The funds are provided directly to the states, U.S. territories, local governments and Indian tribes.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must meet certain requirements. Those requirements, along with the application portal, can be found online at https://www.polk-county.net/covid-19/eviction-prevention-program. To apply over the telephone, call (863) 519-1000.