Assistance

As of May 24, 2021

Rental assistance remains available

The city is continuing to offer rental assistance to residents impacted with a financial hardship due to the pandemic. 

Since the program began a year ago, 1,739 households have been assisted. Daytona Beach residents who previously received rental assistance and continue to experience a COVID-19 pandemic financial hardship, may still qualify and be eligible for additional assistance.

Rental assistance is provided on a first-completed application and first qualified/eligible basis and is for rental housing costs that incurred on or after March 11, 2020. 

Appointments must be made to submit completed applications and provide documentation. Appointments can be made by calling:

  • Central Florida Community Development Corporation
    (386) 226-1216
  • Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach
    (386) 777-2588
  • Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Corporation
    (386) 274-4441, ext. 301 and 304

County and state assistance

Volusia County Utility Assistance
Electric and water assistance is available to eligible low-income households who have a past-due balance on their utility account. Also, low-income households are encouraged to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s (“LIHEAP”) Home Energy credit to their electric account even if they are not past-due. As long as a household is under the income threshold, resides in Volusia County and the utility account is in a household member’s name they may qualify for the Home Energy credit.

Volusia County Housing Assistance
Low-income households who have fallen behind on their monthly housing obligation may qualify for financial assistance to be provided to their landlord or mortgagor. A renter must have a past-due notice from their landlord and a homeowner must present a mortgage statement reflecting a current past-due balance. A household may not be more than three months behind of their regular monthly housing payment obligation to qualify.

How to apply for Volusia County assistance:
Households may apply online for electric assistance. Persons may schedule an appointment with a case worker for electric, water or housing assistance by calling (386) 239-7757.

State launches OUR Florida Program
The state has launched the OUR (Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance) Florida Program, which is its federally-funded emergency rental assistance relief program to support residents and businesses. The program provides renters who qualify with relief on unpaid rent and utility bills, and supports landlords with relief on lost revenue to support their continued recovery. For more information, visit www.ourflorida.com. For those unable to go online, call (833) 493-0594, and a representative will assist in completing an application via phone.

As of Jan. 8, 2021

Rental assistance remains available

The city is continuing to offer rental assistance to residents impacted with a financial hardship due to the pandemic. Daytona Beach residents who previously received rental assistance and continue to experience a COVID-19 pandemic financial hardship, may still qualify and be eligible for additional assistance. Rental assistance is provided on a first-completed application and first qualified/eligible basis and is for rental housing costs that incurred on or after March 11, 2020. 

Appointments must be made to submit completed applications and provide documentation. Appointments can be made by calling:

  • Central Florida Community Development Corporation
    (386) 226-1216
  • Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach
    (386) 888-7684
  • Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Corporation
    (386) 274-4441, ext. 301 and 304

For more information about rental assistance, visit this website.

As of Nov. 19, 2020

Middle-income households now eligible for rental assistance

The city has received additional funding to expand its rental assistance program for income-eligible residents who are adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The city has received an additional $500,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). These funds are designated to aid middle and low-income households who have experienced a COVID-19 related hardship. Assistance is provided on a first-complete application and first qualified/eligible basis and is for rental housing costs for November and December. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 18 contingent on funds available. 

Appointments must be made to submit completed applications and provide documentation. Appointments can be made by calling:

  • Central Florida Community Development Corporation
    (386) 226-1216
  • Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach
    (386) 888-7684 
  • Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Corporation
    (386) 274-4441, ext. 301 and 304

For more information about rental assistance, visit this website.

Volusia County mortgage assistance
Volusia County continues to have mortgage assistance available. For more information, visit www.volusia.org/covid19. The deadline to apply for assistance is Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Volusia County business assistance

Volusia County continues to have grants available for businesses, nonprofits and home-based businesses in need of assistance. The deadline to apply for assistance is Friday, Dec. 11. For more information, visit www.VolusiaBusinessResources.com.

As of Nov. 4, 2020

City offices reopened

City Hall has resumed normal operations and offices have reopened to the public. Face coverings are required when indoors at City Hall.  

Florida Governor Issues Executive Order for Phase 3: Right to Work; Business Certainty; Suspension of Fines

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Friday, Sept. 25, that outlines Phase 3 of Florida’s reopening. 

Face coverings remain required in City of Daytona Beach 

The governor’s order removes fines for not wearing masks; however, in the City of Daytona Beach, face coverings are still required to be worn when indoors and social distancing is not possible. Remember, health experts say wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose helps protect others from COVID-19, a disease that is primarily spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth. People release droplets into the air when they sneeze, cough, speak, laugh and shout.

As of Aug. 19, 2020

City's Rental Assistance program extended

The city has received additional funding to extend its rental assistance program for income-eligible residents who are adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The city has received $220,837 in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) funds as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT).  

Applications will be accepted until the funds have been depleted or through Dec. 15, 2020. Assistance is provided on a first-complete application and first qualified/eligible basis and is for rental housing costs incurred on or after March 1, 2020. Assistance includes rental payments, with a two-month maximum assistance per household. Assistance is capped at $1,500 per month and $3,000 total per household. Payments will be made to landlords or rental property management companies. The assistance does not have to be repaid.

 Appointments must be made to submit completed applications and provide documentation. Appointments can be made by calling:

  • Central Florida Community Development Corporation
    (386) 226-1216 
  • Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Corporation  
    (386) 274-4441, ext. 301 and 304

As of Aug. 13, 493 Daytona Beach households have been assisted representing a total expenditure of  $606,585. The average rental payment is $896.

Waiving of commercial and residential permit fees ends Friday. Aug. 21

Friday, Aug. 21, is the last day fees on commercial and residential building permits will be waived. Fees were initially waived for 90 days in March when the city launched its CARE incentive program, and then an additional 90 days was approved by commissioners at their July 15 meeting. To date, nearly 3,000 permits have been issued since March 25 for a total construction valuation of $231.4 million. The amount of fees waived to date is $1.4 million. For more  information, call P&L at (386) 671-8178.

As of May 13, 2020

County offers mortgage assistance

Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division is accepting applications from homeowners who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Mortgage assistance may be provided to eligible households for up to three months and is capped at $1,500 a month. The program includes assistance for eligible households for payment of late, current and, if they remain eligible, future payments. Applicants must have a current mortgage statement in their name and be able to document a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19. Additionally, the dwelling must be in Volusia County, the mortgage must have been current as of March 13, and the household income must be at or below the area median income level. For more information about the assistance, visit the Community Assistance Division web page.

As of May 7, 2020

City expands CARE program and offers rental assistance

The City of Daytona Beach is expanding its COVID-19 Assistance Recovery Effort program, also known as CARE, by offering rental assistance to income-eligible residents. The rental assistance program is intended to provide financial relief to Daytona Beach residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to help ensure stability for low-to-moderate income residents who have been furloughed, lost employment or have had work hours reduced. Appointments must be made to submit completed applications and provide documentation. Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, appointments can be made by calling Central Florida Community Development Corporation at (386) 226-1216 or Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Corporation at (386) 274-4441, ext. 301 and 304.

The program has limited funds available and applications will be accepted until the funds have been depleted. Assistance will be provided on a first-complete application and first qualified/eligible basis, and is for rental housing costs incurred on or after March 1. Applicants must not have been in delinquency status prior to March 11.

Assistance includes rental payments, with a two-month maximum assistance per household. Maximum assistance is capped at $1,500 per month and $3,000 total per household. Assistance payments will only be made to the property landlord or rental property management companies.

The one-time assistance does not have to be repaid. The $619,500 program is being funded through the city’s allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) federal funds and specific CDBG-COVID-19 funding expected to be received later this summer.

Program details and application (PDF)

Eligibility

  • Applicant must provide proof of an active lease and occupy the rental property in Daytona Beach.
  • The applicant must be able to document a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Documentation must reflect an active employment status as of Feb. 29. Applicants may show paystubs, bank statements of direct deposits or letter from employer that includes salary or typical wages earned in a two-week period.
  • Since Feb. 29, applicant must have experienced a reduction in hours of work or pay reduction as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The applicant’s annual household income must be at or below the Area Median Income Level (chart below). Household is defined as the family occupying a specific residence.


APPLICANT HOUSEHOLD SIZE

MAXIMUM ANNUAL INCOME TO BE ELIGIBLE

1 person household

$36,350

2 person household

$41,550

3 person household

$46,750

4 person household

$51,900

5 person household

$56,100

6 person household

$60,250


Applying for assistance

To apply for assistance, applicants will need to complete an application package at one of the following locations BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:

  • Central Florida Community Development Corporation
    (386) 226-1216
    211 Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 114, Daytona Beach

  • Mid-Florida Housing Partnership Corporation
    (386) 274-4441 ext. 301 and 304
    1834 Mason Avenue, Daytona Beach

These agencies will submit the completed application packages and payment information to the city. The city will process and mail all disbursements directly to the property landlord on behalf of the applicant.

The city’s CARE program was approved by the City Commission at their March 24 meeting to provide immediate financial relief to Daytona Beach residents and business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details on the CARE program, visit www.codb.us/coronavirus.

Essential requirements for applicants

  • Wear a mask and come alone to your appointment.
  • Bring your own BLUE pen for document signing.
  • Bring the following items for verification purposes (if you can bring copies of your documentation that will speed up the processing time):
    • Documentation that support applicant being employed through Feb. 29 – this may be a paystub showing employment through Feb. 29, bank statements reflecting pay deposits – either direct or indirect, or a letter from applicant’s employer.
    • Documentation of loss of income due to COVID-19.
    • Documentation of earned income for the last three months for all household member (examples: pay stubs, profit and loss statement if self-employed).
    • Benefit award letters for unearned income for any household member (examples: current year social security letter, pension letter, unemployment, cash assistance, etc.).
    • Last six months bank statements or financial histories.
    • Documentation of all funds/assistance received related to COVID-19.
    • Government issued picture identification for all household members age 18 or older.
    • Social Security card for all household members, regardless of age.
    • Relevant documents such as Dissolution of Marriage and/or Child Support Orders for all household members.
    • A type of bill (utility preferred) in applicant’s name to confirm residency.
    • Active lease agreement and landlord’s legal name, address and tax ID for payment processing.

Applicants will be required to sign and certify that information is correct, duplication of benefits/subrogation certification and an authorization form for release of information.