Seminole County will provide rent and mortgage assistance using CARES Act funds

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida. – In a few weeks, Seminole County residents who have been impacted financially due to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to apply for a grant to help cover rent, mortgage and utility costs.

Commissioner Jay Zembower said at a press conference Wednesday that the application portal will open in mid-August and those who live in the county and can prove they lost their jobs or their hours have been reduced due to the spread of COVID-19 will be eligible to apply.

The grant amount will vary based on housing costs, but the maximum is $5,000.

The money will be paid directly to the applicant’s landlord or utility provider.

Also in mid-August, the portal for the second round of business financial assistance will be open. The following are the types of grants that will be awarded:

  • $5,000 to home-based businesses that have a W-2 employee who is not the owner and mobile businesses

  • $10,000 to businesses with between 2 and 25 employees

  • $15,000 to companies with between 26 and 50 employees

Of the federal CARES Act money, $7 million is earmarked to help residents and $10 million will provide relief to small businesses.

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The program will be called Seminole Cares and more information is expected to be posted on the documentation and requirements needed to apply in the coming weeks at PrepareSeminole.org.

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