Northampton declares $1.2M in federal funds to assist metropolis adapt to COVID-19 disaster


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Metropolis of Northampton will dedicate over 1,000,000 in federal funds to assist get by way of the COVID-19 disaster.

In a information launch to 22Information on Monday, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz stated he plans to make use of $1.2 million in federal Group Growth Block Grant (CBDG) funds assist town adapt by way of the disaster and to serve low and average earnings residents.

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“We’re working to handle the COVID-19 disaster and the eventual restoration, with the aim of serving the neediest amongst us and our lengthy standing housing, accessibility and public service wants,” stated Mayor David J. Narkewicz. “The financial influence brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic poses a risk to our companies and our residents, particularly our low- and moderate-income residents.”

The federal neighborhood funds will probably be used in direction of the next:

  • $120,000 in reallocation of current funds
  • $682,340 for the CDBG funds that arrive in July
  • $401,400 in our CDBG-CARES

“I’m committing $150,000 to assist our small companies survive,” Mayor David J. Narkewicz added. “I’m conscious how daunting the financial disaster is and the way a lot these funds can solely complement the bigger funding commitments from the federal and state governments, banks, and on-going neighborhood help of our companies.”

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Over $120,000 in direct grants will go in direction of small companies (these with 10 or fewer staff) with direct profit to low- and moderate-income staff or homeowners.

The grants will common $5,000 every with a cap of $10,000.

The CDBG funds additionally dedicates 1000’s of for the emergency shelter for the homeless at Northampton Excessive Faculty or for every other emergency sheltering wants that come up.

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You’ll be able to click here for more information or contact the mayor’s workplace at 413-587-1249.

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