County OFFERS rental, mortgage relief

$840,000 available for residents who are behind because of COVID-19

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Monroe County will be distributing funding totaling $838,069 to Monroe County residents who are behind in their mortgage or rent payments due to COVID-19 hardships. This is a countywide program and is inclusive of the municipalities. Anyone who rents or owns in the Florida Keys may be eligible. Anyone who has been economically affected due to COVID-19 is eligible and the level of assistance will be considered individually based on need.

Documents needed for eligibility include the application, a copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or identification card, a lease or deed in the name of the applicant, a statement from the landlord or bank showing the applicant is behind in payments, and a notarized self-certification of income and assets.

Of the $838,000, Florida Housing Finance Corporation set aside $638,069 to help those who fall under the 120 percent area median income range, meaning a single person can make $84,600 or less, or $120,840 per year for a family of four. The county moved $200,000 in CARES Act funding to help those who may not qualify under those conditions. The application will apply for both funding sources.

The application packet is available at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/covidhousingassistance. Once completed with the proper documents, it can be returned via email, fax, or to drop boxes located at the social services office at the Tradewinds Shopping Center in Key Largo, the Marathon Senior Center/Meal Site, or the Gato Building in Key West. Additional funding for rental and mortgage assistance as well as a business assistance program may be made available at a later date.

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