TALLAHASSEE — Florida will give out $240 million in federal CARES Act money to help families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic pay rent and mortgages, officials announced Thursday.

Half of the money, $120 million, will go to families living in affordable housing units to help cover rent from July through December, with the option of also applying to rent from April to June this year.

Another $120 million will be assigned to counties to give to its residents for rental and homeowner assistance programs.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs a bill during a news conference at Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School in Tampa Thursday. [IVY CEBALLO | Times]

State officials didn’t say when the money would be available or how people could

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