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File #: 200260.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 8/24/2020 In control: City Manager
On agenda: 9/3/2020 Final action: 9/3/2020
Title: Coronavirus Relief Fund Utility Assistance Program (B) This is a request for the City Commission to approve the Coronavirus Relief Fund Utility Assistance Program.
Attachments: 1. 200260A_CRF UAP Presentation_20200903, 2. 200260B_CRF Strategy 2 Allocation_20200903
Title
Coronavirus Relief Fund Utility Assistance Program (B)

This is a request for the City Commission to approve the Coronavirus Relief Fund Utility Assistance Program.

Explanation
The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) is a portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in March 2020 in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor DeSantis authorized $120 million of Florida’s CRF allocation to Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) to assist renter and homeowner households that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CRF Program for impacted homeowners and renters will be administered through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP) platform though not funded through SHIP.

As required by the State, the CRF grant program must be completed and funds expended by December 30, 2020. In general, assistance with paying monthly rent, mortgage payments or emergency repairs are eligible expenditures through the CRF Program; however, time is of the essence, thus, the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Division is proposing to concentrate only on providing financial assistance towards a Utility Assistance Program for extremely low, very low, low and moderate income city neighbors. The proposed Utility Assistance Program will include financial assistance to assist individuals with electric, water, cable, phone and/or internet services. Continuing with the GNVCares about Neighbors funding concept, eligible recipients can receive up to $1,250 in utility payment assistance. Applications will be submitted through an online application portal.

Fiscal Note
Through the CRF Program, the City anticipates receiving an allocation of $350,511 with 10% being allocated for program administration. This will allow the City to assist approximately 252 households within this short turn-around period.

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