Hot Springs will receive a total of $254,743 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which recently became law.
The grant funds can be used to make improvements to public facilities that are necessary to the COVID-19 response, support businesses to increase economic development and provide increased public services during the outbreak. Hot Springs is among 13 Arkansas municipalities to be included in this first round of CDBG grants, and additional funding will be made available on a rolling basis.
“The coronavirus outbreak has impacted all parts of our life, resulting in difficult and uncertain times for families, workers and small businesses in our community,” said City Manager Bill Burrough. “Hot Springs is grateful our congressional delegation is investing $254,000 CDBG funds to help our citizens get through this public health crisis and emerge stronger than ever.”
The CARES Act allocated $5 billion to the CDBG program to help communities prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.
“Our communities need help addressing the severe, complex struggles presented by the coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate how quickly Secretary Ben Carson and his team at HUD have acted to award these grants. These funds are critical to overcoming the challenges our communities are facing,” said the Arkansas delegation of U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman.