By Mary Hladky
The city has received additional money that it is making available to residents who have fallen behind on their mortgage or rent because of COVID-19.
The state allocated the city $230,285 that it received through the federal CARES Act in mid-October. That is on top of $317,322 the city received in September.
The money is available to homeowners or renters who have experienced financial hardship, such as being laid off, furloughed or having work hours reduced.
The October allocation increases the amount that each household can receive from $5,800 to $10,000.
To be eligible for assistance, applicants must live within the city limits and have household income that does not exceed 120% of area median income. A family of four, for example, could have a maximum income of $105,360.
Additional requirements are listed on the city’s website under rental and foreclosure programs at https://myboca.us/1923/Rental-and-Foreclosure-Programs. Those in need also can call 561-544-8667 (or 561-393-7043 for the hearing impaired) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Applications will be accepted online only on the city’s website through Nov. 30. All the money must be distributed by Dec. 30. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Residents who have received previous economic assistance from Palm Beach County or a nonprofit agency can receive additional money for months not covered in their previous requests.