Lee commissioners approve new round of LeeCARES assistance programs

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The Lee Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the next round of LeeCARES programs to assist individuals, families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board approved plans to launch Round 2 of LeeCares Assistance for individuals and families providing for broader eligibility and increased award amounts up to $3,000 per household. Grant recipients from earlier rounds of assistance are also eligible for Round 2 funding. Round 1 closes to applications on Aug. 7 and Round 2 opens Aug. 17. The new plan also enhances the Business Rehire program by increasing grant sizes by up to $8,000 awarded to each full-time equivalent rehire according to wages paid; doubles the maximum scholarship amount allowed for each child that qualifies for childcare expenses to $2,500 in order to extend the program through the remainder of  2020; distributes personal protective equipment to county residents in partnership with the municipalities; and enhances CARES Act funding by $1.8 million for the existing Rapid Re-housing Program administered by the county’s Department of Human & Veteran Services. Visit LeeFLcares.com for additional information about all available programs.

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