Coronavirus in Tampa: Relief fund set up for small businesses, residents

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The city of Tampa has established a relief fund to help residents and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced the creation of the The One Tampa relief fund, which will cover rent and utility costs for those in need.

“Our residents have enough to worry about during these uncertain times, which is why we want to alleviate the financial burden as much as possible while they are hopefully, safely at home,” Castor said.

The fund will provide up to $1,000 in rent relief and $250 in utilities for individuals. Small businesses will be granted up to $4,000 in rent and $1,000 in utilities.

Castor said the payments will go directly to the bank, the landlord or the utility company.

“This will serve as a lifeline and a critical bridge until the state and federal support becomes available,” Castor said.

Individuals can apply for fund starting Friday, April 17 at noon. Businesses can apply starting next Tuesday, April 21.

Applications will be available on OneTampa.org.

For assistance with the application process, residents should call 211 and press 7 once the application window opens.

Details about eligibility and qualifying requirements are available on OneTampa.org.

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