• Hillsborough County Allocates CARES Act Funding

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    May 08, 2020
    For Immediate Release
    Media Contact: Chris Wilkerson
    Communications & Digital Media
    (813) 728-1447 (mobile)
    Hillsborough County Allocates CARES Act Funding to Life Safety and Economic Development
    Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 6, 2020) – The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted Wednesday to allocate about $257 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
    The CARES Act money will be used in Hillsborough County to support the Rapid Response Recovery (R3) Program – a wide-ranging program supporting both life safety and economic development. The BOCC also immediately approved allocating $25 million of the CARES Act funding directly to CareerSource Tampa Bay in order to quickly start workforce training programs.

    While the specifics of how the R3 Program funding will be spent have not yet been finalized, the board approved spending the money on programs and projects outlined below.

    Economic Recovery Programs
    • Workforce Training: $30 million - $60 million
    • Accelerated Business Recovery - Access to Capital: $50 million - $85 million
    • Back To Work Grants: $15 million - $35 million
    • Safe At Work – Mitigation Grants: $15 million - $35 million
    Life Safety Programs: $35 million - $60 million
    • Utility/Rent/Mortgage Assistance: $15 million already committed
    • Direct Community Services
    • Local Food Purchase and Distribution
    • Feeding Tampa Bay
    • Metropolitan Ministries
    • Government and Community Facility and Operational Safety Improvements
    Some of the funding already has been allocated to specific programs with the R3 Program, such as for utility, rent, and mortgage assistance.
    Hillsborough County will update residents and businesses on the details of the funding as specifics are approved.


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