To Help Local Governments Recover from COVID-19, Lowey Announces $4.1 Million in Federal Emergency Solutions Grants for Westchester County

June 9, 2020
Press Release

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program provides funding to local governments and non-profits to expand housing, infrastructure, and economic opportunities impacted by the pandemic

New funding brings total ESG funds for Westchester in CARES Act to $5.2 Million

WESTCHESTER, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced $4,169,699 in federal funds for Westchester County from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ESG program funded in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

ESG provides funding to states and entitlement communities, which in turn distribute resources to local government entities, nonprofit organizations, public housing authorities, and local redevelopment authorities that provide services to people experiencing homelessness. ESG supports short- and medium-term rental assistance, homelessness prevention activities, training for staff on disease prevention and mitigation, quality emergency homeless shelters, and hazard pay.

“Westchester County was one of the United States’ first major coronavirus hotspots, and the unprecedented strain it has placed on our community will be felt for years,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “With the high cost of living across the Lower Hudson Valley, too many New Yorkers including seniors, the disabled, low income families with children, and veterans, were already struggling to find or maintain housing security and access economic opportunities prior to this pandemic. This federal funding will provide Westchester with flexible, rapid investments that are responsive to community needs and help New Yorkers regain stability.”

“I’d like to thank Congresswoman Lowey for working once again to secure these much-needed federal dollars for those who are homeless, or receiving homeless assistance,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “The cost of living in Westchester continues to place a strain on our most vulnerable communities such as low-income families, senior citizens, and the disabled – especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This $4.1 million in funding for Westchester County will directly benefit and support those communities in recovering from the pandemic, and securing decent, affordable housing.”

Westchester County previously received $1,073,114 through the first tranche of ESG funds allocated in the CARES Act. This additional federal grant is based on a new formula that accounts for the risk of coronavirus transmission, the number of people experiencing homelessness, and housing market conditions, bringing the total Westchester County will receive in ESG to $5,242,813.

The CARES Act followed other critical relief legislation including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18, and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted on March 6; and preceded the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act enacted on April 24.

 

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