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Commerce announces $1.8 million to rural counties for COVID-19 pandemic response

  • March 26, 2020 10:13 AM
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    Christine Opiela (Administrator)

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    News Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    MARCH 26, 2020

    Commerce announces $1.8 million to rural counties for COVID-19 pandemic response

    Food, rental assistance, small business support, health services among eligible uses of funding to 17 rural Washington counties

     

    OLYMPIA, WA --- Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown today announced $1.8 million in additional state Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to rural counties to assist people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Awarded through the Economic Opportunity Grant program, these funds can be used at the discretion of county authorities to meet a variety of emerging local needs, such as providing food and rental assistance, small business support and health services. Counties provide for these and other urgent needs through partnerships with local service providers. 

    Funding to the following counties is estimated, pending approval of state and local distribution plans.

     

    County

    Service Area

    Grant amount

    Asotin

    Asotin

    $ 46,397

    Benton

    Benton, Franklin

    $ 79,061

    Chelan

    Chelan, Douglas

    $ 71,990

    Cowlitz

    Cowlitz, Wahkiakum

    $ 83,951

    Grant

    Grant, Adams

    $145,270

    Grays Harbor

    Grays Harbor, Pacific

    $127,912

    Jefferson

    Jefferson, Clallam

    $132,517

    Kittitas

    Kittitas

    $100,280

    Klickitat

    Klickitat, Skamania

    $ 83,819

    Mason

    Mason, Lewis

    $126,878

    Okanogan

     Okanogan

    $101,585

    Skagit

    Skagit

    $  77,155

    Stevens

    Stevens, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille

    $108,325

    Walla Walla

    Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield

    $ 53,821

    Watcom

    Watcom

    $154,946

    Whitman

    Whitman

    $118,927

    Yakima

    Yakima

    $187,165

     

    The state CDBG program receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist rural communities to meet local priority needs. Since 1982, the state CDBG program has awarded over $525 million in grants to over 1,500 locally prioritized community development projects. Larger cities and counties receive CDBG funding directly from HUD, and are not a part of the state CDBG program.

     

    For detailed information about CDBG, please visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov/cdbg. Contact Kaaren Roe, CDBG Section Manager, at (360) 725-3018 for assistance.

    Contact

    Barbara Dunn

    Commerce Communications, 360-725-2805

     

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