Welcome to the Online Application for Pasco CARES. This program will provide economic support to Pasco County residents who have suffered employment or business interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to help with rent or mortgage payments, utility and phone bills, car payments, and Property Association fees for homeowners. The program will not issue payments directly to applicants.  Instead, payments will be sent directly to landlords and utility companies which must be willing to participate in this program. Landlords must be able to provide Pasco County with completed W-9s.. Read the information below, and please apply if you meet the criteria.

Due to funding constraints, the county can accept 1,200 online applications on a first-come, first-served basis. The Pasco CARES program will provide one time assistance up to $3,500 per household.

Who is eligible for Pasco CARES?

Any Pasco County resident who has suffered an economic hardship (i.e. a reduction of or loss of wages) caused directly by COVID-19, and who earns less than 80% of the area median income (as shown in the table) is eligible to apply.

What can the assistance pay for?

  • Rent payment (contingent on landlord acceptance and current lease)
  • Mortgage payment for homesteaded residence (contingent on lender acceptance)
  • Utility bills (water, electric, gas)
  • Phone bills
  • Internet
  • Car payment
  • Property Association fees for homeowners

Maximum Income Levels - Area Median Income         (April 2020)

This table depicts the maximum income level according to household size.
Income Level 80% AMI
Household Size  
1 $39,400
2 $45,000
3 $50,650
4 $56,250
5 $60,750
6 $65,250

To be eligible for assistance, household members must be residents of Pasco County.  Mortgage assistance can only be provided to homesteaded properties.  Rent assistance requires a current lease.  All household members should be listed on your application.  Households that don’t qualify for housing assistance may still qualify for other assistance.

What documents do I need to apply for Pasco CARES assistance?

Every request is unique and will depend on the type of bill and organization that needs to be paid. Your eligibility specialist will be able to provide you more details during your consultation.

To speed the process, please have the following available:

Proof of Pasco County Residency

  • This can include a valid driver’s license with current address or
  • Pasco County voter registration or
  • Valid driver’s license with current address or
  • Vehicle registration with a Pasco County address or
  • Current public-school enrollment in Pasco County or
  • Utility bill or
  • Lease agreement/Mortgage statement

Proof of Legal Residency

  • Copy of Passport or
  • Alien Resident card or
  • Government-issued ID

Proof of reduction or loss of income due to hardship as a result of COVID-19

  • This may be a letter from your employer regarding reduction in wages or
  • Proof of application for unemployment

Proof of income for all household members - most recent paystub

Most recent bank statement

Past due bill(s) in applicant’s name

Valid lease agreement/mortgage statement in applicant’s name

What happens next?

  • After you submit your application you will receive an email confirmation.
  • An intake specialist will contact you within 2 business days to review any additional documentation that may be needed.

*Please understand additional information may be requested and required after your application has been reviewed. You will have an opportunity to work with an intake specialist to provide any additional information. We will ask you to provide documentation within 72 hours of speaking with your intake specialist. We appreciate your patience as we help your household recover from COVID-19.

If I’m approved for assistance, how long will it take to pay my bill?

Each request will be processed individually and will depend on the type of bill and organization that needs to be paid.

Apply Now*

*Due to the overwhelming response, the Pasco CARES application is now closed. Please continue to monitor this webpage for any updates.