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Courtney Announces More Than $1 Million New Federal Funding to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts in New London and Norwich

April 2, 2020
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded two federal grants totaling $1,021,294 to the Cities of New London and Norwich for the purpose of aiding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new federal funding comes only six days after Courtney and the House of Representatives voted to pass the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748), which authorized $5 billion for HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Both grant awards were dispersed through HUD’s CDBG program, and provide flexible funding that can be applied across a wide range of activities to support infectious disease response in low-income and vulnerable communities. 

 “This federal funding was authorized as part of the bipartisan CARES Act six days ago, it’s incredibly flexible, and it can be put towards a wide range of uses to support some of the people and families who have been hit hardest here in eastern Connecticut,” said Congressman Courtney. “Right now, our communities need high-velocity funding and financial support – for testing, to support workers, families, and small businesses, and to get resources to our health care professionals. This six-day turnaround is a good first step, and now that this federal funding has made its way here quickly it can be put towards a broad range of projects and needs. We need to keep working together in Congress to provide our communities and our health care professionals with the tools they need to win the battle against this pandemic.”

 “I have an incredible staff who are working really hard to make sure that working people, families, and small businesses in New London have the resources they need right now,” said Mayor Passero. “No one has offered any resources to this point, so it’s a great morale boost to have these dollars coming to support our work and our community. We’re indebted to Congressman Courtney for his efforts to get this first round of resources to us.”

 A federal grant of $514,725 will be awarded to the City of New London, and a federal grant of in $506,569 will be awarded to the City of Norwich. Both federal grants awards represent flexible funding that can be applied across a wide range of activities to support infectious disease response in low-income and vulnerable communities. Examples of eligible activities range from construction of buildings like testing and rehabilitation facilities; public services like providing testing and diagnosis, and acquisition of equipment and supplies; providing grants or loans to new businesses, or business expansions, to create jobs and manufacture necessary medical supplies; short-term working capital to small businesses to help implement effective social distancing capabilities, like working from home, to promote retention of jobs held by low- and moderate-income persons; and much more. For a quick guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response, click here.

 

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