Housings and Evictions

Pause on Evictions in Monroe County

On March 24, 2020, the Florida State Supreme Court, through Administrative Order SC20-17 that suspends the Clerk’s ability to issue writs of possession, as well as, Administrative Order SC20-15 that closes the courts to non-essential proceedings.  Governor DeSantis extended his previous ban of evictions due to non-payment of rent in Executive Order 20-121 and Executive Order 20-137 through August 1, 2020. This may provide time for renters and landlords to work out payment arrangements as this situation continues to unfold.

Rent Payment Relief from Evictions

The new federal legislation (the CARES Act) that was just signed into law on March 27, 2020 created a federal moratorium from March 27, 2020 through July 24, 2020 prohibiting new evictions for nonpayment of rent, in those properties covered by a federally backed mortgage (FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD, etc.)

It is important to note that although this applies to nearly 80% of properties, not all properties are covered by this law. 

You should be in immediate contact with your landlord to let them know your current situation and to understand what options they have put in place to assist renters who are impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Mortgage Payment Relief 

The CARES Act also provides a moratorium on mortgage foreclosures from March 18, 2020 through June 30th, 2020 for single-family properties covered by federally-backed mortgages.

If you are facing a late mortgage payment due to job loss, you should immediately contact your servicer/lender to understand what your options are for deferring payments as needed. You will find the contact information on your monthly statement, your online account, or on their website.

As the state of emergency continues through the next few months, we would encourage private owners of rental properties without FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or other federally funded mortgages to check with their mortgage lenders to see if they might receive a forbearance of mortgage payments that would allow the renter in the unit to continue to stay while they work out getting the disaster relief funding.

Here is a summary of banks and their offers of support on their products, credit cards, loans, mortgages, etc.: https://www.bankrate.com/banking/coronavirus-list-of-banks-offering-help-to-customers-financial-hardship/

Impacted Housing in Monroe County

The following is a list of government-assisted housing in Monroe County as administered by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. These developments will generally meet the “covered” property rule but may have had changes in financial structure since their initial openings. All renters should contact their current landlord for the most current information.

Development Name 



73 Ocean

311 73rd Street Ocean


Atlantic Pines

400 County Road

Big Pine Key

Banyan Grove

5455 MacDonald Avenue

Stock Island

Blue Water Workforce Housing

100 Burton Drive


Caya Place

751 73rd Street Ocean


Cayo Del Mar

5501 3rd Avenue

Key West

Douglass Square

800 Emma Street

Key West


240 Sombrero Beach Rd.


Flagler Village

5300 MacDonald Avenue

Key West

Key Plaza

215 Amelia St

Key West

Mariner’s Cove - Key West

3330 Northside Drive

Key West

Meridian West

6701 Shrimp Road

Key West

Paradise Point Senior Housing

4 North Blackwater Lane

Key Largo

Poinciana Royale

1341 McCarthy Lane

Key West


10 Betty Rose Drive

Key West

Quarry II

NW of Riviera Drive & Puerta Drive

Big Coppitt Island

Sea Grape

7159 Overseas Highway


Sea Grape II

7159 Overseas Highway


Tradewinds Hammocks

100 Hammock Trail

Key Largo

Tropical Isle

260 41st Street


Wet-Net Villas

81101 Overseas Highway


Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter

Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter has been expanded and is now in a 24-hour operation. Tents have been installed, spreading out the facility’s footprint, and allowing for social distancing for this particularly vulnerable population. SOS will be providing breakfasts, SHAL will be providing lunches and St Mary’s Soup Kitchen will provide dinners for those staying at KOTS.