Brevard County received $105 million through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. On May 6, the Brevard County Commission voted 3-2 to set aside $4.4 million of that fund specifically for residents struggling to meet their basic needs. Voting against the measure was County Commissioner Chair Bryan Lober and District 3 Commissioner John Tobia. Commissioners Isnardi, Smith, and Pritchet voted in favor of the funding.
At the next meeting on May 19, the board will vote on how to administer the funds. A plan will be presented by Ian Golden, the county’s health and human services director who will oversee the process and states there will be an online application for those seeking aid.
Federal guidelines stipulate that grants to individuals must be tied to impacts from the coronavirus. For this reason, D5 Commissioner Kristine Isnardi says that applicants will be thoroughly vetted “to ensure that those individuals affected will not receive funding if they are receiving government assistance from other means, whether it be unemployment benefits or otherwise.”
When debating the measure, Commissioner Isnardi argued that although there have been federal and state programs and funding made available to individuals, most had not actually received the money, and they need that money now.