NEW PORT RICHEY — Because the financial impacts of the coronavirus emergency proceed into one other month, Pasco County commissioners on Tuesday expanded their fund for small enterprise grants and provided new assist to pay payments and feed hungry residents.
Pasco County has been awarded $96.7 million as a part of the federal Coronavirus Help, Aid, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act to assist offset the impacts of the pandemic.
Final month, commissioners accredited a program to offer grant cash to assist companies that had closed and have been already searching for authorities help. In a day, the county acquired 1,461 purposes. The $2 million put aside for this system was initially estimated to be sufficient to offer 400 grants. The applying interval has been closed.
“We had overwhelming success,” stated Invoice Cronin, president of the Pasco Financial Growth Council.
Tuesday, commissioners accredited one other $5 million for this system. The cash will come from the CARES grant to meet as most of the remaining grant purposes as potential so long as they meet the standards. Every grant is to offer as much as $5,000 to pay prices comparable to mortgages, lease, utilities and payroll.
Cronin stated his company has already been capable of put $1.Three million out to companies to assist the native financial system.
County officers additionally approved $four million to be put aside by the county administrator if the necessity arises to assist residents experiencing financial hardship. That quantity might probably be elevated to $eight million sooner or later. These funds may even come from the CARES Act allocation.
“To qualify for aid beneath this program, candidates have to be U.S. residents, Pasco County residents, have utilized for unemployment or misplaced employment due to COVID–19 and meet the earnings pointers of 80% or under of the Space Median Revenue,” stated a memo by Marcy Esbjerg, group growth director. “The help restrict will likely be $3,500 per family.”
These earnings ceilings are $39,400 for a family of 1, $45,000 for 2, $50,650 for 3 and $56,250 for 4. The county is accepting 1,200 purposes on this spherical on a first-come first-served foundation. For extra data, go to MyPasco.internet/PascoCares. That portal for purposes will open Thursday morning.
Commissioners additionally accredited a program dubbed “Operation Feed Pasco.” The county will accomplice with the United Method of Pasco County, Inc., to distribute meals over the following two months to households in want. These meals will likely be offered by native eating places, which is able to assist each companies and residents. The county is setting apart $600,000 for that program by way of the Federal Emergency Administration Company.
“In accordance with a latest survey, eight businesses have been recognized requiring about 60,889 meals for a interval of 60 days. This program will assist increase the meals already being distributed on the meals banks,” stated a memo to commissioners from Cathy Pearson, assistant county administrator for public providers.
The meals will likely be distributed by way of native meals pantries. Commissioner Jack Mariano requested if county officers can contemplate including one other element sooner or later to offer home-delivered meals to senior residents who’ve been on the ready record for Meals on Wheels and who don’t have transportation to get to meals financial institution areas. Pearson advised commissioners there are nonetheless some native residents on that ready record.
Eating places concerned about taking part in Operation Feed Pasco can contact Madeline Colon, government assistant for United Method of Pasco County at firstname.lastname@example.org or name (727) 359-7999 or (727) 835-2025.
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