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Cape Coral, Habitat for Humanity help families with CARES Act funds

Nearly 200 families in Cape Coral now have the money they need to pay their rent and mortgage. The city of Cape Coral and Habitat for Humanity partnered to distribute $900,000 in CARES Act money to 193 families that have fallen behind on their bills in Cape Coral. The city of Cape Coral plans to […]

Mix of frustration and relief as changes to unemployment programs roll out, questions remain

As the state begins to roll out changes and extensions to unemployment compensation, courtesy of the new stimulus bill, some Floridians worry it won’t be smooth. Community activist Vanessa Brito, who’s been helping decipher and guide people through the unemployment system for months, is preparing for the worst. “I want people to be prepared for […]

DEO says to ignore message saying to file new application by Jan 2

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Thursday people getting messages on CONNECT that tells them to submit a new application by Saturday should ignore that message. DEO says it’s working to fix this issue. It’s still unknown whether claimants will need to file new applications in the future​ to get the added round of CARES […]

How the CARES Act is making donations count extra this year

People who donate to qualifying nonprofits before the end of the year can take advantage of added tax benefits thanks to the CARES Act, even if they do not itemize. That is because the government knows, this year, nonprofits, such as Project Help of Naples, are hurting. This year, the crisis center opted to host […]


CollierCARES announces they’re reopening applications starting Monday

A second chance at funds and assistance that so many families and small businesses need. For individuals to qualify for the funds, they must be full-time Collier County residents and behind on basic payments such as rent or mortgage. For businesses, they must be located within Collier County and employ 50 people or fewer. Those […]

CharlotteCARES deadline approaching for families and small businesses in need

Halloween marks the last day that for families in need to take advantage of the CharlotteCARES program. WINK News Reporter Erika Jackson spoke to one business owner who says CharlotteCARES money is benefitting them greatly. Business at TnD Gluten Free Bakery sometimes looks on the rise. “We catch up and then I’m thinking we’re right […]

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Charlotte County makes CARES Act money available to nonprofits providing pandemic-related services

Charlotte County plans to support nonprofits that offered community services related to coronavirus pandemic relief with money it received though the CARES Act this year. According to the press release, CARES Act funding is available for qualified nonprofit organizations seeking to offset costs associated with providing COVID-19-related services or programs. Charlotte County is requesting proposals […]

Florida mayors push for CARES Act money to be granted directly

Mayors all over the state have come together to urge Florida’s U.S. senators to push for more federal grant money. Municipality leaders in Southwest Florida and beyond say they are still in great need of direct assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. In hopes of being heard, 163 Florida mayors signed a letter sent to U.S […]

Charlotte CARES helping businesses get back on their feet

Many businesses, particularly small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic. Those in Charlotte County are no exception to the rule. Federal money received by the county has already started to assist those in need. We spoke to a couple in Charlotte County Friday whose small business has benefited from the grant money. Chris […]