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Eviction moratorium, CARES Act funds help relieve financial pressure of pandemic

Posted at 6:19 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 18:19:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Monday night, Governor Ron DeSantis again extended a moratorium against residential evictions and foreclosures, giving relief to thousands of Floridians who might be facing homelessness.

"I was cut short of my hours of work and I just need to get back on track with paying my utilities," said Charlotte Leven.

Thousands of people like Charlotte Leven are hoping to receive up to $3,000 of CARES Act funding.

While she plans to use the funds to keep the lights on, others need the money to keep a roof over their heads, especially with the threat of eviction moratoriums ending come October 1.

"People are really hurting," said Jacqueline Perkins, the Tallahassee Urban League coordinator. "We have people who need to pay their rent. We have people who haven't paid their rent in four or five months. People who owe $2,000 almost $3,000 for utilities. So this is a great program, and we are serving as navigators for the Leon County Cares Individual assistance program."

"I recommend people come to the Urban League because it will help you get through the hardship and relieve some of the pressure due to the pandemic," Leven said.

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