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Second, separate pot of ‘Coronavirus Relief Funds’ available through Flagler Cares initiative

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Flagler has received a distribution of $440,765, and will receive a second distribution at a later date.
by: Julie Murphy Flagler County Public Information Officer

Flagler County officials, in conjunction with the organization “Flagler Cares,” announced on Oct. 7 the availability of assistance to residents through Coronavirus Relief Funds (CARES) through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

Flagler has received a distribution of $440,765 – including $345,560 for city of Palm Coast – and will receive a second distribution at a later date. As with the Individual Assistance program, the funds are intended to cover rent and mortgage payments, and utilities, as well as housing re-entry, which includes deposits and temporary storage.

“One big difference is that this money will go directly to the mortgage company or rental agency or the utility, and not to the individual,” said Health and Human Services Director Joyce Bishop. “The goal is to prevent evictions and foreclosures.”

Residents who have been impacted by Coronavirus and have experienced unemployment or underemployment may receive any of the following forms of assistance:

Rent payments not to exceed 10 months, from March 1, 2020 to Dec. 30, 2020. Assistance can include late payments, late fees and charges and rent payments to prevent eviction (past and current due only).

Housing re-entry assistance, such as security deposits, utility deposits, and temporary storage of household furnishings.

Mortgage payments not to exceed 10 months, from March 1, 2020 to December 2020. Payment can include late payments, late fees, HOA, condo fees and other related fees to prevent foreclosure (past and current due only).

Utility payments that include water, electricity, and gas, including late payments and late fees and charges to prevent a discontinuation of essential services (past due only).

Households with pending evictions will be prioritized. As the goal of the program is to prevent evictions and foreclosures, assistance will not be provided to those who are only requesting utility assistance unless they have received a shut-off notice.

Applications are currently being accepted until December 1 or until all funds are expended, whichever comes first.

Residents can begin the application process by visiting www.flaglercares.org to request an application, or review the instructions to receive a paper application.

Questions should be submitted to the Flagler Cares community health associate via email [email protected], or by voicemail to 386-569-3314. 

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