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DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD DISTRIBUTION AT PALM BEACH OUTLETS EVERY MONDAY MORNING


Palm Beach Outlets will host a drive-through food distribution program every Monday morning from 8:00AM to 10:00 AM through December 28. Food will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Each donation will consist of an approximate one-week supply of a protein, fresh produce, eggs, milk, and other essentials.

Vehicles must enter Palm Beach Outlets through the Congress Avenue entrance, and will be directed on next steps by staff to receive food. Attendees must be in a vehicle to receive food, walk-ups are not permitted. In order to ensure the safety of community members and volunteers, all COVID-19 CDC guidelines will be followed.

RESTART BUSINESS GRANTS PROGRAM IN PALM BEACH COUNTY TO RESUME ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS


The Palm Beach County Restart Business Program has an additional $20 million available for grants. The online application will be accessible through the Palm Beach County website for a one-week period opening on Monday, October 26, at 8:00 AM and closing on Monday, November 2, at 5:00 PM. Interested businesses are encouraged to prepare for the Restart Business Grant Program application, as they will be processed on a first-come, first-eligible basis.

 

The Restart Business Program guidelines, including eligibility criteria, are posted on the Department of Housing & Economic Sustainability website. Grants up to $15,000, based on six months of expenses (net of any PPP, other grants or forgivable loans) will be available to an expanded list of eligible businesses that were negatively impacted by COVID-19 and did not previously receive a Restart Business Grant through Palm Beach County. 

 

The application process will be completed entirely online through the county’s portal, and requires general information about the applicant’s business, applicant certifications, affirmations and acknowledgements; and applicant-uploaded documents including tax returns, payroll reports, and an active Palm Beach County Business Receipt or valid exemption from the Palm Beach County Tax Collector.

 

Sole proprietors and general partnerships not required to register with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations (https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz) are exempt from the Sunbiz requirement. Businesses that previously received funding through this program are not eligible to apply.

 

For more information, please visit the Department of Housing & Economic Sustainability website at https://discover.pbcgov.org/hes/Pages/default.aspx.

YOUTH SERVICES AND EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY PROVIDE CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIPS TO WORKING FAMILIES AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC


The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners will provide funding through its Youth Services Department to the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County to provide child care scholarships for qualifying families with school age children grades K-5 who may be participating in the School District of Palm Beach County’s distant learning curriculum.

 

Monies are made available through the county’s CARES Act funding to meet the need of access to childcare services for those families affected by financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The scholarship will prioritize homeless children, children residing in families who work or attend school during the hours of the School District of Palm Beach County’s distance learning and have a household income at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.

 

For more information, visit https://www.elcpalmbeach.org/.

COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT PROVIDES HELP FOR RESIDENTS FACING EVICTION


The Palm Beach County Community Services Department (CSD) has contracted with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. to provide county residents with free legal representation and assistance in handling landlord/tenant matters and past due payments through the Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project (RREAP). The program is part of the CARES Act COVID-19.

Through the COVID-19 RREAP, the agencies will assist individuals who have received a three-day notice or demand for rent from their landlord, been served with an eviction lawsuit, or who need help understanding the eviction process. The services include:

• pre-suit mediation between landlords and tenants

• legal advice regarding the eviction process

• referrals for rental assistance

• preparation of responses to an eviction lawsuit

• assistance in negotiating repayment plans, and

• court representation.

The COVID-19 RREAP is designed to respond to the housing crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic by mediating disagreements between tenants and property owners. Through this program, parties will be able to construct payment plans, temporary rent reductions, deferred payments or other creative solutions to prevent evictions and ultimately homelessness.

The program term is from Aug. 1 through Dec. 30, 2020, and participants can receive up to $10,000 in rental assistance. Eligibility requirements for the program include:

• rental unit must be located in Palm Beach County

• tenant’s income is under 140% of Area Median Income

Applicants will need documentation to qualify for the program:

• proof of U.S. Citizenship or legal residents (per CARES Act regulations)

• documentation proving hardship is directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as evidence of loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic that contributed to the missed rental payments, and

• an eviction notice (three-day notice or 30-day notice for CARES Act covered parties);

Individuals facing eviction may call the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s Rapid Response Eviction Project at (561) 655-8944, ext. 328 or Florida Rural Legal Services at 1-888-582-3410.

For more information, visit www.legalaidpbc.org/eviction or www.frls.org.

PALM BEACH COUNTY NOW OFFERS RENTAL AND UTILITIES SUPPORT PROGRAM THROUGH THE CARES PROGRAM


The Palm Beach County Community Services Department is offering a Rental Assistance Program beginning June 5. To be eligible for this program, applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Palm Beach County;
  • Provide documentation to prove loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Provide documentation to show they have applied for or are receiving state or federal unemployment benefits;
  • Meet gross Area Median Income (AMI) limit not exceeding 140% AMI for the household;
  • Have a lease and other utilities in their or a household member’s name;
  • Not have received any other financial assistance for rent and/or utilities for the period payment is requested;
  • Have less than $5,000 in liquid assets in checking, savings, and cash card balances;
  • Note – other restrictions may apply.

Benefits are available up to $7,000 ($5,800/up to 3 months’ rent and $1,200/electric, water and gas combined). Assistance will be provided only for past-due rent and/or utilities with due dates after March 1, 2020 and before December 30, 2020. 

For more information, including a list of FAQs, the link to apply, and more helpful information, please click here

 

Palm Beach County Adds Interactive Testing Map to COVID-19 Website


Palm Beach County has added an interactive testing map with over 50 testing sites and locations to the comprehensive COVID-19 website located here. This map will help residents find the closest private or community-based testing location for them. Several of the sites are government supported and have free testing with a variety of restrictions and processes. Many others are private labs, urgent care facilities or pharmacies that will bill your insurance.  

School Feeding Sites Change Distribution Dates And Times


 

Beginning this week, Palm Beach County School District feeding sites will serve meals on Tuesday and Thursday, rather than Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The number of meals distributed each week will not decrease. 

 

On Tuesday, April 28, ‘Grab and Go’ meals will be distributed at the regular 35 sites from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Two days’ worth of ‘Grab and Go’ meals will be distributed on Tuesday, April 28. Feeding South Florida will also be distributing boxes of food on Tuesday at a limited number of sites, including Lake Park Elementary

 

Beginning Thursday, April 30, the number of food distribution locations will increase to 51 schools across Palm Beach County. Meals will be distributed on Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Parents or guardians who pick up meals on Thursday will be picking up a kit with two meals for six days totaling 12 meals for each child.

 

Starting on Thursday, May 7, meals will be distributed on Thursdays only from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 51 locations. Again, parents or guardians who pick up meals on Thursdays will be picking up a kit with two meals for six days for a total of 12 meals for each child. The Thursday-only distribution schedule will continue until further notice.

 

Meals are FREE to anyone 18 years of age and under (22 years of age and younger for ESE students), regardless of financial need. A parent or guardian must be present when picking up food for their child.

 

Small Business Administration Expands Offerings During COVID-19 Crisis


 

As the COVID-19 pandemic engulfs the nation and businesses of all sizes continue to suffer financial losses, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has expanded its array of support offerings. These resources include a number of loan programs, guidance, and more. Information regarding the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loans, SBA Debt Relief, Guidance for Businesses and Employers, SBA Products and Resources, Government Contracting, and Local Assistance can be accessed by clicking here.

 

The Town of Lake Park is happy to provide our local business owners with information that may be helpful to them and their business operations, however it is important to note that the Town has no connection to, or influence on, the Small Business Administration. This information is being provided solely as a courtesy.

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