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File #: 200564.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 11/30/2020 In control: City Manager
On agenda: 12/3/2020 Final action: 12/3/2020
Title: Coronavirus Relief Fund Program Update (NB)

Title

Coronavirus Relief Fund Program Update (NB)


Explanation

The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) program was launched in September 2020 to assist neighbors with utility services. The program generated an interest of approximately 848 neighbors of which 159 submitted applications and 679 applications were started, but not yet submitted. Staff has continued efforts to reach out to the 679 neighbors with pending applications to offer support to encourage submittal of their applications. Due to the number of applications submitted to date; and the tight expenditure deadline of December 30, 2020, as required by the State of Florida, staff would like to propose amending the Utility Assistance Program guidelines. The amendment to the program would include financial assistance for rent and mortgage; as well as increasing the maximum award per applicant based on need. HCD staff will also reach out to former GNVCares About Neighbors applicants to inquire if they are still in need of financial assistance.

 

Fiscal Impact

Approximately $235,000 is still available from the CRF Program.

 

Recommendation

The City Commission: 1) modify the Coronavirus Relief Fund Utility Assistance Program to include rent and mortgage assistance; and 2) increase the maximum award amount per applicant based on their individual need.




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