LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Members of the CARES Act Steering Committee are continuing to provide COVID-19 related funds across Arkansas.
The committee endorsed several requests to use more than $30 million of CARES Act funds to help a variety of needs across the state, ranging from reimbursing schools for their food service accounts, to providing grants aimed at preventing suicide among veterans, to providing rental assistance.
Rep. Andrew Collins (D-AR) said the committee voted to approve emergency rental assistance for low-to-moderate-income renters who are struggling due to the pandemic through the CARES Act and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV).
“By helping renters make rent and avoid eviction due to extraordinary circumstances out of their control, we can help protect families, communities, the economy, and public health,” he said. “We have built an existing program with ample safeguards to ensure that relief is directed to meet legitimate needs.”
Though the center has already received $200,000 from the CARES Act, director, Yolanda Director said due to the need for assistance being higher than ever, the center just ran out of funds last week.
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