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Rent and utility assistance funds still available to city residents

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Posted at 9:43 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 21:44:23-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The City of Fort Myers still has funds available through the State of Florida’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help individuals and families needing rent and utility assistance due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Residents can apply through the City of Fort Myers Portal for Community Development https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/fortmyers/participant. Housing and Real Estate Division staff will enter information for individuals that do not have access to computer. Please call 239-321-7970 for help with the application process.

Applicant must reside in City of Fort Myers municipal boundaries prior to the date of application.

Applicant must demonstrate loss of income unexpected financial crisis due to COVID-19.

If the applicant has household income less than 120 percent of median income for Lee County and has documented job loss or reduced hours and income is less, specifically due to COVID-19, they are presumed to be eligible.

Payments will be made directly to the landlord and/or utility company.

Annual household income at the time of application must be below the income limit. Income limits vary by household size.

Income guidelines are based on the number of people in the household. Annual household income must be less than 120 percent of the median income for Lee County, FL. For a one-person household, the income level is $57,960; for two people it is $66,240; for three people it is $74,520; for four people it is $82,680; for five people it is $89,400; for six people it is $96,000; for seven people it is $102,600; and for a household of eight people it is $109,200.

For more information, please contact the Housing and Real Estate Division at 239-321-7970 or email TEA@cityftmyers.com.

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