CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE ANNOUNCES $9.7 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FUNDING TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS
(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced more than $9.7 million in emergency funding for our local community to combat the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations. The funding has been allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) to the City of Rochester, towns of Greece and Irondequoit, and Monroe County.
“We are facing an unprecedented challenge—and our communities need immediate assistance and relief as they cope with the impacts of COVID-19,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “I’m proud to have helped pass the CARES Act and ensure our local governments have the resources they need to support the most vulnerable in our community during this crisis. But there is still more work to be done, and I will continue to push for additional aid to ease the burden on families in Monroe County.”
The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently approved by Congress to provide relief for communities impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and represents the first wave to be distributed by HUD. It includes Emergency Solutions Grant funding to provide support for homeless populations through emergency shelters, childcare, food assistance, and more. In addition, CDBG funding will assist eligible communities with the expansion of community health facilities, childcare centers, food banks, and senior services.
Specifically, the funding includes:
- $2,444,707 in Emergency Solutions Grants for the City of Rochester to support families and individuals experiencing homelessness;
- $556,766 in Emergency Solutions Grants for Monroe County;
- $4,881,038 in immediate CDBG funding for the City of Rochester;
- $539,283 in immediate CDBG funding for the town of Irondequoit;
- $250,480 in immediate CDBG funding for the town of Greece;
- $1,095,243 in immediate CDBG funding for Monroe County, to be disbursed to towns in need.
ESG and CDBG funding are calculated using 2010 census data.
“Not only is this funding critical to supporting our community during this time of crisis, it underscores just how important census data truly is,” continued Congressman Morelle. “These funding allocations are based on 2010 census data—and if we fail to get a complete and accurate count in this year’s census, it could negatively impact our future funding. I urge everyone to visit my2020census.gov and fill out their form today.”
Rep. Morelle currently sponsors three additional pieces of legislation to assist local communities as they respond to COVID-19: the State Operations Stabilization (SOS) Act, which would expand the Coronavirus Relief Fund to allow localities to utilize funds as a replacement for lost revenue or to make up a deficit resulting from lost tax revenue due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic; the Coronavirus Assistance for States Act, which will provide additional funding and flexibility for states and tribal governments based on population to begin the economic recovery from COVID-19; and the Coronavirus Community Relief Act to provide $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities facing challenges due to COVID-19.