Hillsborough County – Nonprofit Safety Net Program Provides $5 Million in Pandemic Relief Funds to Charities

Hillsborough County Initiative Helps Local Nonprofits Provide Vital Recovery Services

Nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, have struggled to continue their missions during the pandemic.

That’s why Hillsborough County Nonprofit American Rescue Plan (ARP) Safety Net Program is so important. Established by the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners in partnership with Community Foundation Tampa Bay, the program provides federal ARP funds to qualified nonprofit organizations financially impacted by the pandemic.

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The local Habitat for Humanity is among dozens of recipients so far, and more charities can apply. It’s best to do this as soon as possible, in case the program’s $5 million is committed before the June 10 deadline.

Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County received $30,000 to help build the Silvio Palms housing estate in Temple Terrace. When completed in 2023, the development will consist of 12 affordable single-family homes for residents earning no more than 80% of the area’s median income.

The fallout from the pandemic delayed the project and significantly increased its cost. Labor has been hard to find and expensive. The price of building materials has skyrocketed. And corporate donors have postponed or reduced their contributions.

“The need is so great,” says Tina Forcier, CEO of Hillsborough County Habitat for Humanity. “But it can be done if we all pull together. We are very grateful for the partnership with Hillsborough County.”

Agencies eligible for the ARP Nonprofit Safety Net Program can use the rewards to offset lost revenue or cover costs resulting from the negative effects of COVID-19. Community Foundation Tampa Bay administers the program.

Funds awarded help nonprofit organizations provide essential housing stability, mental health services, eldercare, food assistance, adult education and training, community living, and medical services that will help the region recover from the pandemic. When all funds are distributed, approximately 250 nonprofits and residents who use their services will have benefited.

The $5 million program is part of Hillsborough County’s US Bailout Investment Plan, approved by the county’s Board of Commissioners in September 2021. The plan is a framework to invest $285 million in funds federal pandemic recovery in the community.

Top photo: Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough is building a dozen affordable homes on Silvio Palms Lane in Temple Terrace.

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