High volume of Alachua County CARES Act applications causing delays in processing

CARES Act
CARES Act

Because of the high volume of applicants for the CARES Act, the Alachua County Communications Office released the following statement:

 “We are processing applications as quickly as possible in the order in which they were received. We have begun sending payments out. Due to the high number of applications, the review process is taking several weeks to complete. This award is funded by the Federal Government CARES Act and requires us to verify the eligibility requirements and documentation before payment is sent.

Your application status can be checked using your last name and the application ID listed above by going to https://info.alachuacounty.us/2020/cares-act/CheckStatus .  
 
After your initial approval is complete, you will be contacted for your social security number (please do not provide unless the requesting agent verifies your application ID). When your file is complete your status online will show the amount you will receive and estimate when you will receive it.
 
If we have any questions or need any additional documentation, we will contact you at the email and/or phone number you provided and your online application status will indicate that we are waiting on additional information.
 
We have received a large number of applications in this first round and we are working hard to help applicants document eligibility for the maximum award.  We are not doing quick denials for imperfect or incomplete applications. Instead we are reaching out to work with applicants. While this does add time to the process, we believe it allows us to help more impacted individuals while ensuring compliance with Federal grant regulations.
 
Thank you for your patience as we work through this new process and strive to help as many members of our community as possible.”
 
At their July 7th meeting, the Alachua County Commission unanimously approved the $46.9 million in Federal CARES Act funds coming to Alachua County. 

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