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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has made grants totaling $23.6 million available to Arkansas, part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation said Thursday that the most of the money comes from HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which can be used by Arkansas communities to make improvements to public facilities that are necessary to the COVID-19 response, support businesses to increase economic development and provide increased public services during the outbreak.
The CARES Act allocated $5 billion to the CDBG program to help communities prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus. This is the first round of CDBG grants released and additional funding will be made available on a rolling basis.
“Our communities need help addressing the severe, complex struggles presented by the coronavirus pandemic,” Arkansas’ delegation said in a news release. “We appreciate how quickly Secretary Ben Carson and his team at HUD have acted to award these grants. These funds are critical to overcoming the challenges our communities are facing.”
The following Arkansas municipalities received CDBG grants:
- Conway: $269,734
- Fayetteville: $436,285
- Fort Smith: $530,840
- Hot Springs: $254,743
- Jacksonville: $123,984
- Jonesboro: $362,524
- Little Rock: $879,049, plus $81,216 from the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program
- North Little Rock: $406,388
- Pine Bluff: $411,412
- Rogers: $270,024
- Springdale: $478,318
- Texarkana: $165,006
- West Memphis: $186,531
HUD also awarded the Arkansas Economic Development Commission $10.8 million in CDBG funds to distribute, as well as $7.8 million from the Emergency Solutions Grant program and $133,620 in HOPWA funding.