Polk County offers rent and mortgage assistance starting Tuesday

Financial assistance is on the way for people living in Polk County who may have fallen behind or need help with their rent or mortgage payments.

The county plans to use $2.5 million of remaining CARES Act funding to help select eligible pandemic-affected individuals catch up with their payments.

Applications will be made online here starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 29. Applications will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 31.

People eligible for this assistance can get up to $5,000. However, the county says the average amount distributed will be around $3,500.

To qualify, you must be a Polk County resident, have lost income, lost your job, or become ill from the coronavirus. People who received certain Polk County CARES Act housing funds over the summer cannot reapply, nor can people who live in Lakeland or other places that have programs. similar.

Applications will be accepted online only for the next two days on a first-come, first-served basis. A call center will open on December 29. If you have any questions, you can call (863) 519-1000 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information or to apply, go to Polk County Government website.