• Hillsborough Residents Can Apply Online for Recovery Funds

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    April 29, 2020
    For Immediate Release
    Media Contact:
    Chris Wilkerson
    Communications & Digital Media
    Phone (813) 728-1447
    Hillsborough Residents Can Apply Online for Recovery Funds
    Applications can now be made online or by phone

    Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 29, 2020) – Hillsborough County is now accepting online applications for Rapid Response Recovery Program (R3) funds to assist in paying utility bills, rent, and even mortgage payments.

    Hillsborough County has been accepting applications by phone. Because of the tremendous demand, an addition of an online application form will now give residents another option to apply for R3 funding.

    Residents can go to HCFLGov.net/R3 to apply or find out additional details, including eligibility criteria and documentation needed to complete the application. Because of funding constraints, the County will accept a maximum of 3,000 online applications.

    Residents of Tampa, Plant City, Temple Terrace, and unincorporated Hillsborough County who have seen a reduction in or loss of wages resulting from layoff or lessoning of hours due to COVID-19, are eligible to apply.

    Hillsborough County has secured $256 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. An immediate $15 million was allocated to the Social Services Department to bolster their efforts and programs to serve all Hillsborough residents impacted by the devastating effects of COVID-19. The $15 million funding is the first to come through the R3 Program Hillsborough County has put in place to assist its residents.

    The funds can be used to pay past-due utility bills (water and electric) and/or lease/mortgage payment in the name of the person applying for assistance. For instance, if the electric bill is in your spouse's name, your spouse must be the one to apply for R3 assistance with Social Services.

    Hillsborough County typically invests about $8 million annually in direct client services that includes the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP), Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and Rental/Mortgage Assistance programs. These programs have been in place for Hillsborough County residents, regardless of jurisdiction, before COVID-19 and will remain in place.

    All Hillsborough residents also can apply for relief funds by calling the Rapid Response Assistance Call Center at (813) 274-6710 or by visiting HCFLGov.net/R3. The call center will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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