The county will distribute $936,000 in rental, mortgage and small business assistance starting Monday

Osceola County is preparing to make another round of rental mortgage assistance and small business assistance available.

The county received notification from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of a direct allocation of more than $936,000 from the federal CARES Act, a coronavirus-inspired stimulus package. The county commission agreed at its Monday meeting to budget the money as a community development block grant fund.

According to the resolution on which the commissioners agreed,

Increase funding – from $436,122, rent assistance for up to two months for low-to-moderate income households who have experienced hardship, and $500,000 will go to special assistance for economic development and micro-enterprises for the community response to COVID-19.

County Social Services Director Celestia McCloud said the money would be rolled out starting Monday at 8 a.m. through her online application process; Check out the county’s financial aid page to find out how to apply. Pools of assistance money made available in previous weeks were quickly recouped and the county will accept the first 500 applicants.

Combined with available funds from the Florida State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP), which will be distributed first, the county has approximately $1 million in assistance to offer, McCloud said.

The county also reallocated remaining funds from a sewer connection project in Marydia, which is now complete, to a flooring project at the Robert Guevara Community Center.