City of Savannah to partner with community organizations to distribute CARES Act funds

City of Savannah to partner with community organizations to distribute CARES Act funds

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah Mayor Van Johnson hosted a news conference via Zoom Thursday evening to discuss the community distribution of the city’s CARES Act funding.

The city’s share of CARES Act funding totals $5.3 million.

“Even strong people need help sometimes. If you need it and you live in the city of Savannah, reach out and get the help,” said Mayor Johnson.

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The city will partner with the United Way of the Coastal Empire and the Savannah Small Business Assistance Corporation to help distribute funds. Only residents and businesses of Savannah will be able to receive any funds.

“We have hired people, four or five people, one Spanish speaking person, to help fill out these applications and process these applications to get these mortgages and utilities paid,” said Brynn Grant, United Way of the Coastal Empire President/CEO.

According to the city, the $3.3 million City of Savannah CARES Act Fund at United Way intends to help residents of the City of Savannah maintain stable, safe housing.

The stated goal by the organizations is to pay past-due mortgage, rent or utility balances accrued from March through August 2020 due to loss of income directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city states there are no household income limits or requirements, but individuals must meet the following criteria to qualify to apply:

  • Must be a resident of the City of Savannah
  • Must be able to provide proof of loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic (from March 1-to Aug. 30)
  • Must be able to provide verification of current household income (receiving unemployment benefits, returned to work, new employment, SSI and SSDI, child support and alimony where applicable)
  • Must be able to provide verification of past-due rent/mortgage/utilities (copy of the most recent bill, copy of the mortgage statement, copy of the lease or statement from the property management company)
  • Must provide identification of all members in the household

For more information or to talk with a specialist, call 211 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To apply online, go to http://www.savannahga.gov/caresact

The SBAC will distribute $2 million to help small businesses recover in losses due to the pandemic through recovery loans and forgive previously issued emergency loans, according to the city.

“We re-established a small business COVID recovery loan, up to $50,000, to businesses that needed it right when everything shut down. So to give them the opportunity to have those loans forgiven, this grant will provide that opportunity,” said Victoria Saxton, Savannah Small Business Assistance Corporation controller.

For more information about loan forgiveness or to apply for a recovery loan, businesses can call (912) 232-4700. Interested Savannah businesses may apply online beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18, at sbacsav.com.

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