GRETNA, Fla. (WTXL) — The purpose of the Florida Homeowners Assistance Fund is to provide financial assistance to help people at risk of losing their homes.
According to Antonio Jefferson, a resource city manager is needed here in Gretna.
“Because a lot of people in the community that you know, especially in our community, were devastated by hurricane Michael and then followed by covid,” Jefferson said.
This is one of the reasons why the city asks the organization to help the families of Gretna.
Even before the pandemic hit in 2020, Jefferson says some families were already facing challenges, paying bills and dealing with foreclosures.
“That’s why this homeowner relief fund is so critical right now,” Jefferson said.
Mikhail Scott is the state outreach director. He says people in small counties and towns need to be aware that programs like this exist and that he is working to let people know that help is available.
“The Department of Economic Opportunity, which is the administering agency, wanted to make sure we were going to the communities that were most affected,” Scott said.
In order to receive assistance, you must be a Florida homeowner and need assistance with your primary residence. You must also be income qualified and have experienced financial hardship from January 21 to present.
In total, the Florida Homeowners Assistance Fund has helped more than 6,000 people; providing over $2 million in assistance.
The Florida Homeowners Assistance Fund has scheduled a community meeting this Thursday.
You must register to attend.