LeeCARES Individual Assistance Application Window Reopens

provided to the Santiva Chronicle

The City of Sanibel has announced the LeeCARES Individual Assistance application window reopens today, July 27. Lee County and United Way have partnered to offer application sites. FISH of SANCAP is a designated United Way House and available to assist applicants.

Lee County Commissioners dedicated $22 million to the initial phase of the Individual Assistance Program; payments began being disbursed in June.

Under the program, assistance with rent, mortgage or utilities (water and electric) may be provided if an individual has an unexpected loss of income due to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Safer at Home Order, including loss of job or reduced work hours.

Payment for those who qualify are made directly to the landlord, mortgage company and/or utility company. Household income must be less than $55,100 a year for a household of four, or up to $72,750 for a household of eight at the time of application. Assistance is limited to only one-time per household and assistance cannot exceed $2,000.

The Individual Assistance Program is one of five that commissioners approved for using funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Lee County is investing $57.5 million in Human & Business Services to provide immediate assistance for individuals, families and businesses.

Required documentation includes photo identification for head of household, income documentation, proof of loss of income, lease or most recent mortgage statement and most recent utility bills (water and electric only). Visit LeeFLcares.com for the application. Call FISH at 239-472-4775 to make an appointment for application assistance.

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