December 5, 2022

Tucson City Council holds off on business district expansion, keeps transit free through December | Local news

CARES funding allocations

The council also voted Tuesday to allocate nearly $6 million more in federal CARES Act funds to further support small businesses, nonprofits, workers and families who are struggling financially through the pandemic.

Tucson has received more than $95 million in federal coronavirus funding and has set up a variety of grant programs to help distribute funds to the community. This now includes a total of $7.5 million for emergency rent and utility assistance, $5 million for the Workers and Families Grant Program, $5 million for small business and nonprofit continuity grants and $350,000 to support arts and entertainment venues.

“I know that right now, more than ever, community members, small businesses, nonprofits, entertainment venues, arts and culture organizations, as well as workers and families, need this additional infusion of funds,” said Mayor Regina Romero. “We are losing unemployment benefits that added additional money into the pockets of people who are not working and unfortunately Congress is not acting on a relief package. So, I think the most appropriate action that mayor and council can take is putting money back into the community.”

The council also approved $500,000 in grants to support children and families who are having difficulty paying for child care amid the pandemic. This grant program will be administered through Catholic Community Services.

City officials said they are still finalizing details on the application process and deadlines for the second round of grants, but that they will prioritize those who have not received similar aid previously.

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