Keep the Key

The City of Pinellas Park has received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG-CV Round 3 program. These funds are being used to implement the City’s Keep the Key program to assist residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. If you have lost a job or significant income due to impacts from the pandemic you may qualify for financial assistance for three months or up to $5,000 per household to pay for rent, mortgage, utility or transportation payments. Payments will be made directly to service providers. 

You can submit a Pre-Application Form beginning October 18, 2021 at 8:00 AM to November 1, 2021, 4:30 PM. Pre-applications will be available online at www.pinellas-park.com/keepthekey and at the Community Development Building located at 6051 78th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. Forms can be emailed to keepthekey@pinellas-park.com or dropped off at the Community Development Building. Mailed Pre-Application forms will not be accepted. Please note that the website and office building will close exactly at 4:30 PM on Monday November 1, 2021; no Pre-Applications will be accepted after 4:30 PM.

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR APPLICATION

    Eligibility of Applicants:

o    Renters and Homeowners living in the City of Pinellas Park;

o    Household Income is at or below 80% of Median Family Income (MFI);

o    Applicants must be able to prove rent, mortgage, utility, and/or transportation payments were current as of March 1, 2020;

o    Applicants must provide documentation that the household’s arrears is due to a loss of income directly related to covid-19;

o    Provide documentation of income received as a result of any governmental response program due to covid-19 (such as unemployment compensations); and 

o    A gap exists between household income prior to covid-19 (March 2020) and now. 

    Important dates:

o    October 18 - Prescreen Applications open at 8:00 am 

o    November 1 – Prescreen closes at 4:30 pm 

o    November 2 – Lottery held at 10:30 am 

o    November 3 – The 52 selected households will be mailed applications 

o    November 17 – Completed applications due by 4:30 pm