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Lee County beefing up eviction protections

Posted at 11:19 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 01:00:35-05

LEE COUNTY, FL — Come January, millions of Americans could be opening their doors to eviction notices.

That's because the last bit of protection for many, an eviction ban from the CDC expires on the first.

It's news that comes during a year when many have been trying their best to get by.

In Lee County alone, there have been more than 1400 evictions filed by landlords since March 2020.

Tuesday, county leaders took steps to beef up existing programs, so that number doesn't go up in the new year.

"It's estimated that 180 households will be assisted with this HUD cares act funding," said Assistant County manager Marc Mora.

They accepted more than 2 million dollars, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money will be split up and used for things like rapid rehousing, for folks who need immediate shelter, and administrative costs. But county leaders say the bulk of it will go towards keeping people in the homes they have now.

"The amendments will allow the board to accept CDBG funds 1,407,000 targeting eviction and prevention services," said Mora.

If you need to apply, just head to leegov.com/dhs, scroll down to "Homelessness Prevention" and click "apply."

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