Governor Kay Ivey provided a total of $ 4.5 million to help four of Alabama’s most populous cities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ivey awarded $ 1.5 million each for the cities of Birmingham and Mobile and $ 750,000 each for the cities of Tuscaloosa and Decatur.
The awards are part of more than $ 40 million allocated to Alabama under a special Community Development Block Grant program financed by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Aid and Economic Security Act (CARES).
Ivey will announce additional donations to other Alabama cities and counties as applications are processed, according to the governor’s office. Grant funds must be spent on projects related to recovering or preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus or any future infectious diseases.
“As Alabama continues to make progress to end this pandemic, these funds will help people in some of Alabama’s largest cities to recover from COVID-19,” Ivey said in a press release. “I am pleased to grant these funds and hope that they will help these cities as they continue their recovery.”
The city of Birmingham will use funds to provide food and health services to residents, help the homeless and improve students’ virtual schooling.
The city of Mobile will spend funds to strengthen food banks to help meet local needs, update emergency equipment, improve health services for the elderly and provide legal services to residents to meet fair housing needs.
The city of Tuscaloosa will rehabilitate an underutilized building for a primary school and convert it into a community resource center.
The city of Decatur will provide rent and assistance with public services, assist small businesses with loans and improve fire and rescue equipment.
The funds were made available to the state by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and can be used to support COVID-19 testing and vaccinations; rent, mortgage and assistance to public services; assistance to food banks and pantries; job creation and trade assistance and related projects to provide relief from the pandemic.
Alabama counties and communities with rights that received CDBG-COVID funds were required to file an application with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
“Those Alabama cities that qualify for this special CDBG Covid-19 assistance know their needs and have put forward their plans to help them overcome this pandemic and prepare for any major disruptions in the future,” said ADECA director Kenneth Boswell , for the press release. “ADECA joins Governor Ivey in hopes of working with these partnerships.”
ADECA runs a series of programs to support law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.