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Deadline to apply for CARES Act funding in Martin County set for Monday

Unused money will be given back to the state
Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 20:45:42-05

STUART, Fla. — The deadline is looming for Martin County residents to apply for financial assistance through the Cares Act.

"There is a lot of money there for people who are eligible," said Carol Houwarrt-Diez, President, United Way of Martin County. "At 12 midnight, November 16th, we're going to shut off our system and people can't apply."

In order to be eligible, families must show a financial hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic and be within 120% of the county's median income.

"For a family of 4 it's about $83,000," said Houwarrt-Diez.

She said Martin County received 1.75 million dollars to give away.

So far, only $360,000 has been awarded.

Any money that does not get dispersed to residents will go back to the state.

"They're eligible for up to about $10,000 dollars," said Houwarrt-Diez. "So if you're back in your rent, mortgage or utilities and it totals about 10,000, we've upped it to $10,000 and we can pay those overdue bills up to $10,000."

To apply, head to https://www.unitedwaymartin.org/cares.