The Escambia County Fee has accredited rising the quantity of CARES Act grant funding for people, utilizing cash that was first allotted for enterprise aid.
The board voted to extend the award quantity from $2,000 to $3,000 for the Escambia CARES Household Help Grant Program and from $3,000 to as much as $7,500 for the Hire and Mortgage Grant Program. The applying for each has closed.
ESCAMBIA CARES FAMILY ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
Every certified family applicant will obtain $3,000 as a part of the Escambia CARES Household Help Grant Program, and candidates ought to obtain affirmation emails inside the subsequent three weeks. The extra quantity will come from the reassignment of funds earmarked for the Escambia CARES Enterprise Help Grant Program and from the third part of funds that the state has allotted to the county however has but to distribute. The Board elevated the award quantity and the full pool of cash with the intention to affect the county’s residents in the very best means.
In complete, greater than 9,000 purposes had been obtained for the Escambia CARES Household Help Grant. The Board expects to have greater than 5,000 accredited purposes as soon as all duplicated, incomplete or ineligible purposes are vetted. Please take note the award is per family so if there are duplicate emails or addresses that had been submitted, just one could also be accredited and different duplicate purposes shall be denied. As of Thursday’s board assembly, 1,500 purposes have been accredited and ready to ship to the Escambia County Clerk of Court docket’s Workplace for cost with one other 1,500 underneath a second evaluate for approval.
“We simply want everybody to have endurance as we course of the unimaginable quantity of purposes we obtained,” stated Clara Lengthy, director of Neighborhood and Human Providers. “Throughout the subsequent three weeks, we may have nearly all of the purposes processed and despatched for approval. We intend to achieve out to those that could have had bother filling out their purposes so we can assist as many residents as attainable in our county; nevertheless, we ask these candidates to be affected person whereas we shortly work on getting help out to those that are clearly certified.”
Those that haven’t obtained approval or denial of their utility within the subsequent three weeks are these candidates who’re in a lengthier approval course of. Lengthy stated that candidates who’re on this longer approval course of shall be contacted and made conscious of their standing by the top of this three-week interval.
ESCAMBIA CARES BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
The Escambia CARES Enterprise Help Grant Program obtained 490 purposes. Distribution of this grant has begun with 76 purposes moved ahead to funding, all of which had been accredited for $7,500 of assist. The Board anticipates that a lot of the accredited purposes shall be funded with the $2.8 million that’s allotted for this grant program.
ESCAMBIA CARES RENT AND MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
The Hire and Mortgage Help Grant was made obtainable by the Florida Housing Finance Company to cowl hire and utilities or mortgage or utilities in arrears as a consequence of a direct loss or discount of earnings as a consequence of COVID-19. The Board determined to extend the ceiling on the grant to $7,500 to assist residents of Escambia County keep away from eviction or foreclosures.