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CARES Act funds now available to Wakulla County residents

Posted at 4:24 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 16:24:08-04

CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) — Wakulla County residents can now apply for CARES Act funds to help cover rent, utility bills or address other housing needs.

Monday, the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners announced that CARES Act program funds are now available to residents.

Wakulla County has been allotted $240,768 in CARES Act funds to provide rental and mortgage assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The types of assistance available include the following:

  • Rental assistance payments (including back rent, deposits and utility payments)
  • Mortgage payments and buydowns
  • Assistance to homeowners to pay insurance deductibles
  • Housing re-entry assistance, such as security deposits, utility deposits and temporary storage of household furnishings
  • Foreclosure or eviction prevention, including monthly rent and associated fees
  • Homeownership counseling

“We are pleased to provide this opportunity to assist qualifying households who may be in jeopardy of being evicted or losing their homes as a result of the impacts related to COVID-19,” said David Edwards, County Administrator.

The program aims to help low to moderate income households with housing needs. Maximum income limits will vary based on household size and type of assistance requested. The funding for foreclosure/eviction will only be used to support existing single-family housing, either leased/rented property, or owner-occupied property.

If you're interested, you can apply for the funds now. Applications are available on the county's website here, or by calling Government Services Group at (352) 381-1975. All applications must be received by the county by September 22, 2020.

Any questions regarding this program and application process should be directed to Jay Moseley Government Services Group (GSG), Inc., at (352) 381-1975.