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BOCC designates additional funding for LeeCARES programs


LeeCARES programs have been extended to assist residents impacted by COVID-19, including new rounds of utility payment assistance, expanded childcare assistance and funding for food banks.

On Oct. 6, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners approved extensions to include:

– Three new rounds of utility assistance in October, November and December to pay up to $1,000 in water and electric bills for eligible applicants during each round. Assistance may be provided regardless of whether the applicant has received previous utility assistance. LeeCARES provided water/sewer and electric bill payment assistance through nearly 10,000 applications made between May and September. Applications will be accepted online only starting on Oct. 19.

– Increased funding for LeeCARES Childcare Assistance to $3.6 million as Lee County School District programs for after-school care have been added to the eligible program list. Administered by United Way of Lee County, the assistance program already has committed $2 million in childcare scholarships.

– Additional $1.7 million in funds to existing contracts with Harry Chapin, Midwest Food Bank and Community Cooperative. LeeCARES committed over $2.5 million to food security through September.

The LeeCARES programs are funded through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund through the $150 billion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Lee County received $134,459,744.

For additional information about programs, visit www.LeeFLcares.com.

Visit www.leegov.com/COVID-19 for updates on the county’s response to coronavirus.