Through both its own programs, and the non-profits they fund, the County is providing utility, rent, and mortgage assistance, housing assistance, assistance to the homeless, food, childcare, mental health services, medical services, victims service, veterans service and much more. The Crisis Center Hotline is open 24/7, the 311 Critical Information line has answered thousands of questions and put people and services together. In total, over $22 million in funding is going towards these essential services.
To address economic disparities of development in the Gainesville Metropolitan Area and COVID-19 impacts, Alachua County is soliciting applications from non-profit groups that provide targeted economic development services.
Applications will be accepted through May 27, 2020, with awards of up to $50,000.
All grants must promote community redevelopment through economic services, benefitting the low-income to moderate-income residents and the elderly.
Key criteria for all applications to address include a reduction of the effects of slum and blight while promoting economic development that increases economic prosperity, economic equity, and a diverse tax base.
The Gainesville Metropolitan Area includes the City of Gainesville as well as some surrounding urbanized unincorporated areas of Alachua County.
“Alachua County wants to invest in the redevelopment of some of our hardest-hit urbanized communities,” says Alachua County Economic Development Coordinator Edgar Campa-Palafox. “One of the fastest ways to deploy resources is through a partnership with the non-profit sectors that are already servicing the low-income and elderly communities.”
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