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More CARES Act money coming to Boca Raton to help struggling homeowners, renters

City receiving additional $230K
Posted at 12:51 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 17:54:09-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The city of Boca Raton will soon have more money to help residents struggling to make mortgage and rent payments.

Officials recently learned the city would receive an additional $230,000 through the CARES Act. This money is in addition to the $317,000 previously announced.

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"We have funding available for you, so please come talk to us," Boca Raton City Councilman Andy Thomson said.

Thomson said the city has been working on the application process for renters and homeowners.

Anyone impacted by COVID-19 can apply and get up to $5,800 in assistance.

"The application process for residents and homeowners is going to open pretty soon at the beginning of October," Thomson said.

The councilman said it is important to get the money out soon because it is only available until the end of the year.

Boca Raton Councilman Andy Thomson
Boca Raton Councilman Andy Thomson urges residents struggling to pay their rent or mortage to contact the city.

Landlord Christopher Tapia said he has been working with his tenants to try and help make rent payments.

"Most of my tenants are already struggling, and we are doing what we can to help them out," Tapia.

Tapia said any opportunity to help his renters will be welcome.

"It would help so many families, especially families with kids," Tapia said.

The CARES Act, a $2 trillion economic relief package, was passed in March as the coronavirus pandemic first gripped the United States.

The Act has assisted families, workers and small businesses hit hard by the downturn in the economy.