Orange Co. offers roof repair assistance to Apopka area, installs US Census Kiosk in John Bridges Center
US Census Kiosk set up by Orange County
From the Orange County Newsroom
Orange County’s Mayor Demings announced that the response rate to the US census is very low compared to a decade ago. To make the response easier, there are direct links to the census below and a new kiosk in Apopka. Additionally, the mayor updated COVID-19 numbers, announced grants for local roof repairs, encouraged landlords and tenants to apply for assistance with redirecting evictions, and announced a new COVID testing site for this week.
GOALS FOR THE WEEK
Mayor Demings’ goals for the week are:
- Providing free tests to all residents who need them
- We offer our landlords and tenants financial relief
- Inspecting and re-inspecting Orange County businesses to ensure they are operating in the safest possible manner
There have been 94 more positive cases of COVID-19 in Orange County since Monday, bringing the cumulative total since March to 37,247. We have now lost 387 residents to COVID-19.
Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County includes:
- Orange County’s 14-day positivity rate (August 25 through September 7): 4.8 percent
- Orange County Rolling Positive Rate (cumulative since March 2020): 11.5 percent
The Orange County government has granted Habitat for Humanity in the greater Orlando area and Osceola Counties a Community Development Block Grant of more than $ 570,000.
The grant funding will allow residents of unincorporated Orange County and select communities such as Apopka and Winter Park to perform roof repairs free of charge.
Some application slots are still open for the program. Visit HabitatOrlandoOsceola.org/Repair-My-Roof/ to learn more.
Approaching the census
The county’s current self-response rate for the 2020 census is still lower than the 2010 census rate – roughly 62 to 72 percent.
2020 US Census response rate for Orange County
Orange County and the US Census Bureau have installed kiosks in the Neighborhood Center for Families to help anyone wanting to complete the census. The centers are open Monday through Friday. From 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the kiosks are cleaned after each use.
If you haven’t already completed the census, take the survey now at 2020Census.gov. September 30th is the deadline.
Census officials have set up seven census kiosks in the county community centers for those who may not have internet access and want to submit their forms: East Orange, Hal P. Marston, Holden Heights, John Bridges, Maxey, Taft, and Pine Hills Community Centers. The community centers are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Your help is needed to share this important information with the community and encourage participation in the census.
The census only takes a few minutes and the kiosks are easy to use. Every community center has staff to help anyone who wants to use the kiosks. www.ocfl.net/census2020
o English: 844-330-2020
o Spanish: 844-468-2020
Can’t find your Census ID? Your Census ID is the 12-digit number that you can find on your questionnaire, letter, and postcard that you received earlier this year. You can still reply to the 2020 census online even if you haven’t received a letter or paper questionnaire. Go to my2020census.gov, start the questionnaire and select the link “If you don’t have a census ID, click here.” It’s located under the census ID login field.
Self-census rates for the 2020 census starting September 3, 2020
Florida (all): 61.9%
Orange County (all): 62.3%
Bay Lake (Disney): 3%
Belle Isle: 76.1%
Lake Buena Vista (Disney): 1%
Winter park: 69.3%
Orange County encourages all landlords and renters to apply and see if they can qualify for the COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program.
Since the program began, 419 landlords have received rent repayments to prevent their tenants from being evicted. Currently, the average arrears payment is $ 2,900. Further pre-screening applications are being processed.
Orange County has approximately $ 20 million in CARES Act funding for the program. For more information or program details, applicants can call 311 or visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.
FREE COVID-19 SCREEN
Orange County Health Services will be in west Orange County at George Bailey Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this week, September 9-11. The site will serve as a central test location for residents of Winter Garden, Oakland, Windermere and Ocoee.
All Orange County Health Service locations are pedestrian friendly, and residents 12 and over can be tested with a parent or guardian. Appointments are recommended, but not required.
Residents who want to book an appointment here or elsewhere can visit ocfl.net/covid19.