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PALM BEACH COUNTY: CARES Act Application Deadline Extended

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BOCA RATON, FL ( (Source: Palm Beach County Verbatim) — Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, through its Community Services Department (CSD), continues to accept new applications for one-time food assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and resubmittals for rent and utility assistance until Dec. 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.

CARES Act Food Assistance Portal – open for new applications until Dec. 3, 2020

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Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who are at or below 140 percent Area Median Income may still apply for food assistance. Food assistance is based on household size, and maximum amounts are listed below.

·        1-2 household members:                    $400

·        3-4 household members:                    $800

·        5 or more household members:         $1,000

Under the CARES Act, Palm Beach County issues pre-paid debit cards to approved residents to purchase food. Only one card is issued per household.

In order to qualify for food assistance, applicants must present evidence their household was affected adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting documentation such as a most recent pay stub or filed tax return, valid government-issued ID and Social Security card must be provided to prove income eligibility. 

Samples of supporting documentation can be found at

The portal will remain open until Dec. 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. for applicants who need to resubmit their applications for food assistance only. 

To apply for food assistance, visit     

CARES Act Rent and Utility Assistance Portal – open for resubmitted applications until Dec. 3

The application portal for rent and utility assistance is closed for new submittals but will remain open until Dec. 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. for applicants to resubmit their returned applications. 

To view a detailed list of eligibility requirements, visit  For help, watch the “How to Apply” video tutorial at

Non-COVID-19 Rent and Utility Assistance Applications

CSD will be accepting applications for non-COVID-19-related (any crisis) rent and utility assistance applications beginning Dec. 8 at 8 a.m. Applicants may apply through the online portal,, and using the “Apply for Services Application” button. Income guidelines vary depending on the program and additional requirements may apply.

For more information, call the CSD’s Contact Center at (561) 355-4792. The Contact Center will be closed on Dec. 7 for training.


Paul Saperstein


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