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Polk County Commissioners allocate $1M for housing assistance program

The Rebound Southwest Florida
Posted at 11:11 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 23:22:22-05

BARTOW, Fla. — The Polk County Board of County Commissioners voted on Dec. 15, to allocate $1 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist those still suffering a negative financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county will be taking applications at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, through 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. On Dec. 29, on the county’s website at www.polk-county.net/.

A call center will open on Dec. 29 at 9 a.m. to answer questions. Call (863) 519-1000 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the application period.

“Back in May, we were able to help those having problems with rent and mortgage payments by using the federal CARES Act funding we received,” County Manager Bill Beasley said. “Using CDBG funds will give us an opportunity to help more households that are financially strapped due to the pandemic.”

Funds are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis until the allocation is depleted.

Payments will be made directly to landlords, property management or mortgage companies.

For more information, call (863) 534-5240 or email HNDRequests@polk-county.net.

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