Information

PALM BEACH COUNTY RENTAL AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE TO RESUME, FOOD ASSISTANCE STILL AVAILABLE


Palm Beach County will begin accepting rental and utility assistance applications under the CARES Act again beginning tomorrow, October 7. Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who are at or below 140% of the Area Median Income may apply for rental and utility assistance. Additional eligibility requirements apply. Maximum benefits are rent up to $10,000 in arrears beginning in March 2020 and electric, water and/or gas up to $1,200 in arrears beginning in March 2020. Residents may reapply for rental/utility assistance if they are still affected by the pandemic and have not received the maximum benefits listed above.

In addition, food assistance is still available. The County’s Consumer Services Department is continuing to accept applications for one-time food assistance. Under the CARES Act, Palm Beach County is issuing pre-paid debit cards to approved residents to purchase food. Only one card is issued per household, and all expenditures must be made by December 30, 2020. Food assistance is based on household size. Maximum amounts are as follows:

1-2 household members:             $400

3-4 household members:             $800

5 or more household members:   $1,000

In order to qualify for rental, utility or food assistance, applicants must present evidence their household was affected adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting documentation such as a most recent pay stub or filed tax return, valid government-issued ID and Social Security card must be provided to prove income eligibility. Samples of supporting documentation can be found at www.pbcgov.com/csdcaresactfaq.

To apply for rental, utility or food assistance, please visit www.rentalassistancepbc.org. The application portal will remain open until October 30, 2020. For more information, contact the Consumer Services Department at 561-355-4792.

CARES FUNDING AVAILABLE TO HOMEOWNERS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY


The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners approved the CARES Mortgage Assistance Program to accelerate assistance to eligible homeowners whose households have suffered a loss of income due to COVID-19. The $20 million allocation for the Mortgage Assistance Program uses a portion of the county's $261 million allocation from the federal CARES Act approved by Congress. Funds are awarded as a grant.

 

CARES Mortgage Assistance will provide up to six months of assistance (not to exceed $10,000) to income-eligible households that are at least one month delinquent (after February 29, 2020) in home mortgage, escrow payments (PITI), and/or condominium and homeowners' association dues. Payments can only be provided through December 2020.

 

Homeowners must demonstrate that the costs are directly tied to COVID-19 in order to qualify. Additional criteria include, but are not limited to, income eligibility, residence must be owner occupied, property must be in Palm Beach County, and the assessed value cannot exceed $331,888.

 

All applications must be submitted online and will be processed on a first-come, first-eligible basis. The online application is expected to launch on Friday, October 9, at 8:00 AM and can be accessed at the Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability's website at http://pbcgov.com/hes.

CARES ACT FOOD ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 4, 2020


Beginning September 4, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, through its Community Services Department (CSD), will provide direct assistance for food to eligible residents of Palm Beach County under CARES Act.

Palm Beach County will issue pre-paid debit cards to approved residents to purchase food. Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who are at or below 140% Area Median Income (AMI) may apply. The one-time benefit allowance is based on household size, and maximum amounts is listed. Only one card will be given out per household, and all expenditures must be made by December 30, 2020.

•          1-2 Household members:               $400

•          3-4 Household members:               $800

•          5 or more Household members:  $1,000

Applicants must present evidence their household was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to qualify to receive the prepaid card. Supporting documentation must be provided to prove income eligibility, such as a last pay stub or last filed tax return, valid government-issued ID and Social Security card.

Clients who received assistance for rental and utility services through COVID Cares program may apply for the food assistance without uploading additional documentation.

Eligible Palm Beach County residents may apply for food assistance at www.pbcgov.com/OSCARSS. A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found here. For more information, contact CSD’s Contact Center at 561-355-4792.

COVID-19 Fact Sheets For Young Adults


The CDC has produced a series of helpful COVID-19 fact sheets for young adults, ages 15 to 21, covering topics such as what test results mean, how to stay safe at the pool or beach, how to wear a face covering, and other protective measures. To view these fact sheets please click on the links below. 

PALM BEACH COUNTY CREATES HOTLINE FOR REPORTING NON-COMPLIANT BUSINESSES


In conjunction with its COVID Education and Compliance Team, Palm Beach County has created a hotline the public can use to report business that may not be following proper guidelines. If you observe a business in Palm Beach County that is not enforcing COVID-19-related guidelines (including social distancing and requiring staff and patrons to wear face coverings), please call 561-242-6843 (561-24-COVID) or email covidcompliance@pbc.gov.org.

PLEASE VISIT CDC.GOV FOR UP-TO-THE MINUTE CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION


We are all being bombarded by coronavirus information every day. In order to get the most up-to-date, reliable information, the Town of Lake Park encourages you to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/.

Town Hall Open By Appointment Only


In an effort to safeguard the health of our staff and those we serve, Lake Park Town Hall will be open to visitors by appointment only until further notice. We encourage you to submit documents electronically whenever possible. If you prefer, permits, applications and non-cash payments may be submitted via the drop box adjacent to our parking lot. Please do not make any cash payments through the drop box. Credit card payments can be made over the phone by contacting the finance department. For additional information, please contact the department you need to reach as follows:

Community Development: 561-881-3318 or communitydevelopment@lakeparkflorida.gov (please visit https://www.lakeparkflorida.gov/cdd/other for electronic forms)

Finance: 561-881-3350 or financedirector@lakeparkflorida.gov

Human Resources: 561-881-3300 or humanresources@lakeparkflorida.gov (please visit https://www.lakeparkflorida.gov/sites/default/files/EMPLOYMENT%20APPLICATION%208.2018.pdf for an employment application)

Public Information: 561-882-1819 or publicinformation@lakeparkflorida.gov

Public Works: 561-881-3345 or publicworks@lakeparkflorida.gov

Special Events: 561-840-0160 or specialevents@lakeparkflorida.gov

Town Clerk: 561-881-3311 or townclerk@lakeparkflorida.gov

Town Manager: 561-881-3300 or townmanager@lakeparkflorida.gov

We look forward to continuing to meet your needs during this difficult time, and wish you and yours continued good health.