Volusia County is expecting to receive an additional $1.5 million from the federal government to assist local residents who’ve been financially impacted by the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, Dona Butler, Volusia County’s community services director, told County Council members that the county has received informal word about the additional funds being released and expects to receive an official award letter later this week. Ordinarily, the county waits to receive official notice of a grant award before bringing it to the County Council for approval.
But on Tuesday, Butler asked the council’s advance approval so that the county could start making the money available as quickly as possible once the award letter is received.
“We’ve got all of our plans in place to move this program forward,” Butler told the council. “We just need your permission to be able to do this.”
The council gave its unanimous consent, which authorizes County Manager George Recktenwald and County Chair Ed Kelley to approve the use of the funds for eligible activities. The money will be coming from two programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The majority of the funds is expected to go to rental assistance.
“This is very important,” said County Councilwoman Heather Post.