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RENTAL AND MOVE-IN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (RMAP)

Rental and Move-in Assistance Program (RMAP)

The City of Tampa’s Rental and Move-in Assistance Program (RMAP) provides residents with financial assistance that may include but is not limited to security deposits, first and last month’s rent, and/or an ongoing monthly rental subsidy. This is a gap assistance program intended to provide relief to renters across our city who are facing financial hardship due to rent increases. For new move-ins, participants must apply, qualify, and be approved for the unit without the use of this assistance. For residents in a current lease, participants cannot have a past due balance on their rental account. 

Awarded financial assistance will be determined per household.

RMAP

Under the direction of Mayor Jane Castor, the Rental & Move-In Assistance Program was launched in March 2022 in order to help local renters with their rising rent bills. A total of $5 million from the City of Tampa’s general fund was allocated to initiate the program, with another $1 million approved for 2023. Though most of the City of Tampa’s programs are funded through state and federal dollars, the Castor Administration and the Tampa City Council were both willing and eager to create a program that could be put in place quickly and used to help as many residents as possible. 

Though the award amount for each approved household varies and is based on Area Median Income (AMI), in most cases, the average award a household receives, for up to a year, totals approximately $10,000. At this time, approximately 200 households have been approved. We thank you for your interest and look forward to receiving your application and helping you through the process. We understand the need for assistance is great and it is our mission to provide you with answers, and ultimately financial relief, as soon as possible. However, given the overwhelming amount of interest the program has received, please be patient as we work to process every case thoroughly and fairly.

Federal HUD and State Income Limits for FY 2022 as of 4/18/2022
Household Size 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
Above Moderate (140%) 80,500 91,980 103,460 114,940 124,180 133,420 142,660 151,760
Moderate Income (120%) 69,000 78,840 88,680 98,520 106,440 114,360 122,280 130,080
Low Income (80%) 46,000 52,600 59,150 65,700 71,000 76,250 81,500 86,750
Very Low Income (50%) 28,750 32,850 36,950 41,050 44,350 47,650 50,950 54,200
Extremely Low (30%) 17,300 19,750 23,030 27,750 32,470 37,190 41,910 46,630

Current Lease


Program Requirements: 

  • Unit must be within the City of Tampa limits 
  • Household must have income (cannot exceed 140% AMI, calculated by gross annual income)  
  • Must have an active lease (more than 90 days left) 
  • Must have a current rent account (no past due balance) 
  • Cannot be receiving Section 8 or any other regular subsidy 
  • Must be rent burdened* 

*The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a household as “rent burdened” if they are spending more than 30% of their gross monthly income on housing. 

Required Documents:

  • State-issued photo ID for all adults
  • Proof of Income for all adults
    • If employed - Pay stubs (3 most recent, consecutive)
    • If other source – SSI/SSDI Award Letter, Pension Statement, Child Support/Alimony Order, etc.
  • 12-month lease agreement (Full copy with signatures)

New Move-In


Program Requirements:

*The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a household as “rent burdened” if they are spending more than 30% of their gross monthly income on housing.

Required Documents:

  • State-issued photo ID for all adults
  • Proof of Income for all adults
    • If employed - Pay stubs (3 most recent, consecutive)
    • If other sources – SSI/SSDI Award Letter, Pension Statement, Child Support/Alimony Order, etc.
  • Proof of Application or Approval/Welcome Letter
    • For proof of application – receipt for an application fee or email confirmation

The City of Tampa’s Housing & Community Development division will be accepting new applications every Wednesday (12:00 am, midnight) and Thursday (12:00 am, midnight)until further notice. Please click the portal link below to submit your application. 

Monthly Subsidy
To calculate monthly subsidy amounts, the household’s gross income and monthly rent are used.  An eligible household can receive up to $1,000 per month based on their AMI* group. 

MAXIMUM SUBSIDY AMOUNTS
AMI % Amount
120-140 $200.00
80-120 $400.00
50-80 $600.00
30-50 $800.00
0-30 $1,000.00
  • *Area Median Income
  • Monthly subsidy amounts calculated to be less than $100 per month will not be awarded unless the total award is $500 or more. 

The total number of months of assistance is determined by the applicant’s lease end date.  

Move-In Assistance


The maximum move-in assistance awarded is based on 3 times the tenant’s monthly rent. Move-in assistance can include a security deposit, 1st month’s rent, and last month’s rent if required by the landlord.  

*Move-in assistance amounts are subject to change based on final unit approval  

Total Award


Not all eligible households qualify for both the monthly subsidy and move-in assistance. Households that are already receiving a rental subsidy or who are not rent-burdened, are not eligible for the monthly subsidy but may qualify for move-in assistance.  

All approved applicants will receive a letter via email outlining their total assistance amount.  

The program has received widespread attention since it started. Once you submit your application, please be patient as our staff works to process your case as efficiently as possible. In general, most applicants receive an update regarding their application status within 20 business days. 

For questions about the program, the RMAP Processing Center accepts calls Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at 813-274-5151.
 


Updated: 12/01/2022