PROVIDENCE, RI (May 12, 2020)…Tonight, the City Council’s
Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning (URRP) passed a second
round of Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) Funding to help local
agencies in the fight against COVID-19.
based social service agencies shared in the allocation of over nearly $3
Million in funding to assist in the fight against COVID-19,” stated Chairwoman
of the Council’s Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning Mary
Kay Harris (Ward 11). “The CARES Act which was passed by both the United States
House of Representatives and the Senate, and championed by our own federal
delegation, allocated nearly $3 Billion in funds for local municipalities
across the Country in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis. I am so grateful
that we could help use these funds to support organizations like Meals on
Wheels, DORCAS International, and Federal Hill House to name just a few. Each
of these 33 organizations are doing critical work in every one of our City’s
neighborhoods, and I am so proud of the work my Committee has done.”
In addition to this $3 Million in CDBG funding, the
Committee had recently approved the allocation of more than $5 Million in CDBG
funding for organizations that provide essential services in our community.
Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Redevelopment, Renewal,
and Planning Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. stated, “It has been a difficult process
to allocate this important funding to our neighborhood agencies. Each and every
applicant was deserving, but with only limited resources, I believe we were
able to make the most impact in our City. I thank each and every organization
for their dedicated work to the residents of our City.”
Chairwoman Harris continued, “I want to thank the work of
the Committee, City Council Chief of Staff Erlin Rogel, the staff of the City
Council and the City Clerk's office, and Director of Community Development
Emily Freedman of the Department of Planning and Development for their
dedication and hard work in ensuring that we were able to maximize the
allocation of funding for the residents of our City.”
The two CDBG budget allocations will go to the full Council
for vote and passage.
For a complete list of awardees please visit the Open
Meetings Portal at: https://bit.ly/URRPCommittee.
For more information on the City Council, visit council.providenceri.gov.