Salvation Army receives $25,000 for housing assistance for Okeechobee County veterans

PORT ST. LUCIE — With an overall poverty rate of 24.6%, many residents of Florida’s Okeechobee County face economic hardships that make homelessness a difficult reality. The rural county’s large veteran population is not immune to these challenges. Now, thanks to a donation by VITAS Healthcare, they can continue to receive support from the local […]

Relief fund to help with rent and mortgages (Updated Aug. 12)

TALLAHASSEE — Floridians who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are behind in rent or mortgage payments might qualify for some relief. Gov. Ron DeSantis authorized $120 million of the State of Florida’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocation to Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) to assist Floridians who have been negatively impacted […]

County considers changes to housing rules

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners Tuesday discussed the idea of allowing single-family houses smaller than the current minimum of 1,000 square feet in certain zoning. Community Development Director Bill Royce said currently minimum is 1,000 square feet in most residential zoning districts. There are some exceptions in which 800 square feet is allowed. He said […]