Draft Liberty County Long-Term Recovery Plan

 

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, the Liberty County Board of County Commissioners, in partnership with the Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) and OVID Solutions, presents the DRAFT Liberty County Long-Term Recovery Plan for public review and comment.  This plan has been developed through a Community Planning Technical Assistance Grant awarded by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).  This proposed recovery plan has been carefully designed to include priority projects identified through county-wide input.  Each listed project indicates potential funding strategies to achieve the desired outcomes.  The establishment of this plan is an opportunity for Liberty County to re-imagine its long-term vision and to implement that vision on a much faster timeline (within 10-15 years instead of 25-50 years), which will pave the way to realize desired economic growth that is desperately needed following the devastation of Hurricane Michael.

 

This Long-Term Recovery Plan will be presented for a first public hearing before the Liberty County Board of County Commissioners on October 8 with a final adoption hearing anticipated on November 5.  Any questions or comments can be sent directly to Ben Chandler at the Apalachee Regional Planning Council.  The deadline for comments for the first hearing is Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  The deadline for final comments ahead of the adoption hearing is Friday, October 30, 2020.  Please submit all questions and comments by email to Ben Chandler at bchandler@arpc.org.

 

Once comments are received, they will be incorporated into the final proposed plan, as appropriate, and will be presented to the Liberty County Board of County Commissioners.  Once adopted, the Liberty County Long-Term Recovery Plan will serve as the foundation of ongoing economic recovery and resilience.

 

DRAFT – Liberty County Long-Term Recovery Plan (09-03-2020)

 


 

Coronavirus Relief Funds from Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

 

Notice of Funding Availability

The LCBOCC has received a distribution of $175,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funds from Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

  1. Resident that have been impacted by Coronavirus and have experienced unemployment or under employment. Rent payments not to exceed 10 months, from March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020. Assistance can include late payments, late fees and charges and future rent payments to prevent eviction.
  2. Housing re-entry assistance, such as security deposits, utility deposits, and temporary storage of household furnishings.
  3. Mortgage payments not to exceed 10 months, from March 1, 2020 to December 2020. Payment can include late payments, late fees, PITI, HOA, condo fees and other related fees to prevent foreclosure.
  4. Utility payments that include water, electricity, gas, internet, cable including late payments and late fees and charges to prevent a discontinuation of essential services.

Application will be accepted starting August 28, 2020 and the application period will end December 1, 2020 or when all funds are expended, whichever occurs first.

Application can be submitted by mail, dropped off or e-mailed electronically.

Submit application to:

Attention: Katie Matchkus, P.O. Box 399 Bristol, Fl 32321, kdphillips0903@yahoo.com

For questions, additional information or reasonable accommodation request contact:

Katie Matchkus, SHIP Director

Liberty County SHIP Office

850-643-2692

Kdphillips0903@yahoo.com