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Charlotte County Accepting Cares Act Relief Funds Applications Through Oct. 31

Applications for individual assistance for Cares Act relief funds in Charlotte County will be accepted until Oct. 31.

Charlotte County received $32.9 million in federal CARES Act funds. Through the county’s Charlotte Cares program, 20% of that money will be used to provide individual financial assistance for people facing economic hardship during the pandemic.

The Charlotte Cares program will be accepting applications for relief funds until the end of October. Applicants can receive a maximum of $3,000 for overdue rent or mortgage payments and up to $1,000 for overdue utility bills.

Once an application for individual financial assistance has been submitted, the Charlotte County Human Services department will contact applicants to discuss their eligibility within a week.

Local private, public and nonprofit organizations have partnered to form Community Organizations Active in a Disaster, or COAD. The group has been helping people apply for Charlotte Cares funds online and in-person.

Here are locations assisting Charlotte County residents apply for Charlotte Cares funds in-person:

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Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.