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Limited CARES funding available for Manatee, Pinellas county residents

Posted at 6:33 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 08:44:16-04

MANATEE COUNTY,Fla. — This week only, Manatee County residents can apply for rent, mortgage, or utility funding through the Manatee CARES Assistance Program.

Residents have until Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m. to apply.

The money is available to Manatee County residents who have lost their jobs or significant income due to COVID-19. Applications need to provide proof of job or income loss.

That can include a letter or email showing termination, a screenshot of employer’s website stating they’re closed, or a copy of an unemployment application.

Eligible applicants may receive up to $1,500 per month for up to three months in most cases.

The City of Bradenton receives SHIP funds and federal funds, so Bradenton residents are ineligible for Manatee CARES funding.

Thousands of residents are expected to apply, but there is only enough funding for about 250 households. For that reason, a lottery-style drawing will take place by June 16 to randomly determine the order in which applications will be reviewed. Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be notified by county staff with the status of their eligibility.

If an application is not selected for staff review in the lottery-style drawing, the applicant will be notified by June 18.

You can find the application and more information here.

For people living in Pinellas County, leaders are asking for input to help expand the next phase of their CARES program.

Officials need help identifying the most pressing community needs.

Residents can give input via an online survey here.

They can also share their concerns during a virtual meeting at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12.

Right now Pinellas County residents have until June 30 to apply for assistance with rent, mortgage, or utilities if they’ve lost their job or income.

They must provide proof of income or job loss and have less than $4,000 in their savings account.

You can find more information here.