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Leon County commissioners plan to allot $7.5 million in CARES Act funds to individual assistance

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 17:49:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County commissioners are laying out a plan for how COVID-19 relief funds will be distributed.

One major concern is people struggling to pay rent and utilities.

Out of the $51 million the county will receive in CARES act funds, $7.5 million will go towards an individual assistance program.

​Critical money will go to 3,000 low-income households, including one-time assistance of up to $3,000.

To qualify, applicants must be experiencing “financial hardships” due to COVID-19, must live in Leon County, earn less than 80 percent of the median income and show a 25 percent loss of income within the March - December time frame.

Commissioner Mary Lindley says the money will go a long way for families and businesses.

”I’m sure there are going to be people around the county just exhaling to find that this availability of some money in mostly small amounts, but I think meaningful amounts, to individuals and small businesses," said Lindley. "It’s tremendous.”

A Leon CARES promotion in the coming weeks will inform people about the relief funds.

The county is expecting to launch its individual assistance program in August.