City of Poughkeepsie Releases Proposal to Use COVID-19 Funds, Sets Public Hearing
The City of Poughkeepsie has released its proposal to use $490,255 in Community Development Block Grant funding for coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts.
The funds come through the Federal CARES Act and have been allocated to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds must be used to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts and cannot be used to offset the city’s projected $2.1 million current year budget shortfall. This additional funding requires a substantial amendment to the city’s 2019 Annual Action Plan. The city has also set a public hearing on the matter.
“We are grateful for these funds, and we believe we have put together a thoughtful, comprehensive way to use them,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.
The city is proposing to allocate money for business stabilization grants, child care costs, eviction prevention and housing security, food distribution and other endeavors. Grants awarded through this program are aimed at benefiting low- to moderate-income residents of the City of Poughkeepsie.
“We must work to maximize the benefit this award will bring to our community, by understanding exactly what the current needs are, and public input is essential,” said City Administrator Marc Nelson.
The city has scheduled a virtual public hearing for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to make verbal comments during that time.
To read the details of the proposal and to register for the public hearing, click here.
For more information, contact Jaclyn Greenwald at [email protected]