JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There’s more stimulus money headed for people in Jacksonville following a vote by City Council on Tuesday night. City leaders said it will be applied to residents on a waiting list.
The COVID-19 Relief Bill passed with unanimous approval. It appropriates $5 million of the CARES Act.
Councilman Garrett Dennis introduced the bill, saying city leaders have a responsibility to offer assistance. He specifically referred to those who have lost employment or had their hours cut significantly.
The $5 million will be added to the original $40 million stimulus that Jacksonville residents could apply to receive. It allows 5,000 additional households to receive $1,000 from the city.
There’s also more money available for small businesses. The City Council approved $2,000 grants to 4,500 local small businesses. It includes sole proprietors and self-employed workers.
As first reported by the Florida Times Union, the businesses must employ fewer than 100 people and have lost as much as 25% of their revenue since February. The website for businesses to apply has not yet been launched.