Coronavirus: Jacksonville City Council approves nearly $30M rent, utility relief program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UPDATE 3/9/2021 9 p.m.:

The city said there are still some steps it needs to take, like finalizing the contract, before the money goes out.

Action News Jax is working to learn how people can apply for the relief funds.

As soon as we learn new information, we’ll keep you updated.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Rental relief could be on the way for Jacksonville residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jacksonville City Council is expected to vote tonight on the nearly $30 million relief bill that would help families pay for rent and utilities.

The relief bill was first announced in late February, and if approved the payments will go directly to landlords and JEA to ensure the money is not being misused.

Action News Jax reporter, Christy Turner is monitoring tonight’s city council meeting and we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.