City And County Expect COVID-19 Relief Funds

On Wednesday Mayor Emily Larson announced that 2.1 million dollars in federal funding is on its way to Duluth.

The money is a part of the CARES Act and Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

It’s a part of four different funds that can go towards a variety of things such as small businesses, job training, homelessness, and rapid re-housing.

Duluth’s Planning and Economic Development staff has already started working on creative ways to use the money. But, Mayor Larson said the city is also taking ideas from the public.

Once public comments are received city officials will meet with the Community Development Committee to make sure recommendations made by staff and the community align with federal guidelines, as well as meet the needs of the city.

Mayor Larson said the allocation of the money can start as soon as May.

Meanwhile, St. Louis County leaders are asking for the community’s feedback on how to use about $2.2 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding.

The money is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It includes $1.6 million in Community Development Block Grant funds and about $579,000 through the Emergency Solutions Grant program.

The St. Louis County Planning and Community Development Department is asking for input from residents, community representatives and non-profit agency representatives across the county for how to prioritize the money.

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