CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Residents hurting from the economic fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) could soon get help paying for housing, utilities, and other expenses.

This week, a new Coral Springs fundraising campaign kicked off to raise $150,000 to assist as many residents as possible with paying for their most pressing expenses including mortgage/rent, utilities, medicine, and public transportation.

The campaign was organized by officials from the City of Coral Springs and members of the nonprofit Coral Springs Community Chest, which will manage the money.

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Organizers are seeking donations from people who aren’t struggling financially right now and can afford to help others in need, said Lynne Martzall, director of communications and marketing for the city.

“When we recognized that there was a need, we developed solutions to help our residents and businesses in the COVID-19 crisis,” she said.

Residents will need to document their needs by filling out online applications and going through virtual interviews.

If approved for funding, organizers from the Coral Springs Community Chest will pay the residents’ expenses directly through their lenders, landlords, utilities, hospitals, pharmacies, and other places. They may also buy residents gift cards to cover other expenses.

Residents will not receive any money.  

Mayor Scott Brook said the Coral Springs Community Chest has a long history of helping thousands of people in need.

“One of the best ways to lift our community is to leverage this amazing 501 c3,” he said. “I’m very excited that this will be coming to fruition to help those in need in the days and weeks to come.”

Vice Mayor Joy Carter said it’s vital for neighbors to help other neighbors at a time of great challenges.

“Every city and their residents have financial needs brought on by this pandemic. The Coral Springs Community Chest keeps it local. Give where you live so your good fortune helps your community thrive and others survive,” Carter said. “I am grateful to be a part of a community that cares for each other.”