Boca Raton has COVID cash for rental, mortgage help

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Time is running out to seek assistance related to COVID-19.

Across Palm Beach County, deadlines are approaching to use CARES Act funds set aside to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Whether it’s food, rent, mortgage, or utility assistance, the county and cities have relief available, and the need is greater than ever.

“When we first occupied this building, we were processing approximately 300,000 pounds of food each year. We will do more than that this month,” said Gregory Hazle, executive director of Boca Helping Hands.

Hazle is the executive director of Boca Helping Hands.

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Gregory Hazle, executive director of Boca Helping Hands, says that since the pandemic began, his organization has added more than 4,000 new families seeking help.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve added nearly 4,000 new families,” Hazle noted.

Hazle said the need goes beyond food.

“Now people are coming in six months’ rent behind,” Hazle told Contact 5.

Boca Raton is a city that has relief funds available for those who are behind on their rent or mortgage.

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“The city got a second allocation because more funds were made available,” Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer said in an interview with Contact 5.

Boca Raton residents have until 5 p.m. Friday to apply for up to $15,000 in funding for housing assistance or mortgage relief.

Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer

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“There’s no shame in needing help at a time like this,” Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer said.

Singer said the availability of these funds is tied to income.

“I encourage anyone who is considering applying to the program to do so,” Singer said. “There’s no shame in needing help at a time like this.”

The city told Contact 5 it has already spent $240,000 to help 27 families. The city has nearly $550,000 in funds available.

Palm Beach County also has unused CARES Act funds. The county said it has $66 million in funds remaining and recently extended the deadline for qualified residents to resubmit food assistance applications until Saturday.

The county is no longer accepting new applicants, only those who must reapply.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PALM BEACH COUNTY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.