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CARES Act Spending Plan for Clay County

Mayor, councilmembers from Clay County prioritizing rental assistance, small business support

Post Date:06/23/2020 3:57 PM

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 23, 2020

Contact: Morgan Said

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, First District At-Large Councilmember Kevin O’Neill and First District In-District Councilmember Heather Hall today announced that they will introduce an ordinance this week to approve initial distribution of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding in the Kansas City portion of Clay County with CARES Act funds received from Clay County.

The ordinance proposes allocation of $1 million to Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. to provide emergency rental, rapid rehousing, utility, or nutrition assistance to low-income households experiencing economic or health impacts from COVID-19; and proposes allocation of $1.5 million to the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City to provide grants of up to $50,000 to businesses in the Kansas City portion of Clay County whose operations have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

More eligibility and application information will be released as the City Council continues forward with its consideration of this ordinance. Mayor Lucas will offer this ordinance for same-day adoption during Thursday’s City Council meeting.

“COVID continues to have a devastating impact on small businesses and working-class families throughout our community, and we cannot keep them waiting for relief any longer,” said Mayor Lucas. “I’m encouraged today that we’re getting this necessary financial relief to those Kansas Citians in Clay County who need it most: those at risk of shuttering their business permanently or eviction from their home due to this global pandemic. I thank Councilmembers O’Neill and Hall for their partnership in this effort, and the Clay County Commission for working with the City in good-faith to ensure transferal of these funds as intended by Congress and interpreted by U.S. Treasury.”

“Councilwoman Hall and I have worked hard to secure funds for the Kansas City residents in Clay County, securing over $11 million in CARES Act funding,” said Councilmember O’Neill. “Today we are proposing that funds be made available to Kansas City's small businesses and residents in Clay County. An initial $1 million will go to NNI to help residents, and $1.5 million will be made available to small businesses to help offset COVID-related financial stresses. I want to thank Mayor Lucas for making these appropriations available so quickly. Northlanders need this as fast as we can get it to them."

“I am pleased to see CARES Act dollars being spent wisely and quickly here in Clay County to provide relief for residents and small businesses alike,” said Councilmember Hall.

Kansas City has received $11.7 million in CARES Act funding from Clay County. The City Council on May 21 passed a resolution affirming that all CARES Act funds received by the City from Clay County will be allocated for projects and activities occurring within Clay County, unless administrative in nature or not otherwise readily divisible based on geographic boundaries.

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