The Decatur City Council is considering which agencies will benefit from the latest round of federal COVID-19 grant funding. Partnership Board member and Decatur Community Development Manager Allen Stover recently asked the City Council to approve a COVID-19 relief spending plan.
The funding received for the relief plan comes through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Partnership is recommended to receive $60,972 for rental and utility assistance.
During this already stressful time, having to worry about keeping a safe place to live is scary and overwhelming.Candy Ayers, Director of Homeownership
About how the funds will be used, Director of Homeownership Candy Ayers said, “The funds we receive will allow us to continue the much-needed rental and utility assistance in the city of Decatur. Many Decatur citizens have lost their jobs or had hours reduced due to COVID-19 either for safety, quarantine or from contracting the virus. During this already stressful time, having to worry about keeping a safe place to live is scary and overwhelming. Many have never experienced the fear of homelessness. Those who did have savings have used it up because of being out of work so long. Those who had unemployment benefits have exhausted those funds and now all of these issues put them behind on rent. On behalf of the recipients of these funds, I thank the city of Decatur for caring for those who need a hand up in this vulnerable time.
Partnership CEO Tim Thrasher concluded, “We are especially grateful for our partnership with the City of Decatur in supporting rental assistance through Community Development Block Grant resources which help us carry out our mission of changing lives, helping people and building better communities across North Alabama.“