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Thursday, February 29, 2024

United Way offering help to those impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

The United Way of Marion County has received more than $1.5 million in CARES Act funds from Marion County to help residents and families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Specifically for residents of Marion County, the Coronavirus Relief Funds provide rent, mortgage and utility assistance to help support those community members who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. To be eligible to receive assistance, residents must be directly impacted by a loss or reduction of income as a result of the pandemic and will be required to meet with a United Way case manager to determine eligibility. Households are eligible to receive assistance for financial obligations incurred from March 1 through Dec. 30.

Those seeking assistance can contact United Way of Marion County’s 211 Information and Referral Crisis Line by dialing 2-1-1 or chat online at uwmc.org/211. Residents also many access and submit their applications online by visiting UWMC.org/CRF. Applicants will be asked to meet with their case manager at CareerSource of Citrus Levy Marion by appointment only.

Under terms of the grant from Marion County commissioners, residents must:

  • Reside within Marion County limits;
  • Indicate hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic with inability to pay rent, mortgage or utility assistance;
  • Have a valid form of identification; and
  • Have the ability to meet in person with a case manager to verify identification and present documentation (i.e. bill information, bank statements).

Qualifying individuals/families are urged to apply. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis and are required to be distributed by Dec. 30.