To Help Local Governments Recover from COVID-19, Lowey Announces more than $4.7 Million in Federal Grants for Critical Community Development Projects

April 1, 2020
Press Release

Lowey helped secure historic investments to help Westchester and Rockland Counties meet community needs during this global crisis in three COVID-19 relief spending packages

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG) provide funding to local governments and non-profits to expand housing, infrastructure, and economic opportunities impacted by the spread of the coronavirus

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced $3,253,308 in federal funding for Westchester County, $961,755 for Rockland County, and $518,258 for the City of White Plains from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG and ESG programs funded in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“The spread of the coronavirus across the Lower Hudson Valley has placed an unprecedented,  unbearable strain on too many New Yorkers, including seniors, the disabled, low income families with children, and veterans, who were already struggling to find or maintain housing security and access economic opportunities prior to this pandemic,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This federal funding will provide Westchester and Rockland Counties with flexible rapid investments responsive to community needs during and after this public health crisis. It includes grants or revolving loan funds for small and medium enterprises, workforce development and training services for displaced workers, retrofitting community facilities for medical or quarantine uses, supporting food and other essential supply deliveries to elderly and other vulnerable populations, supporting interrupted or at-risk core governmental functions, providing rental assistance, emergency shelter services, and supporting nonprofits performing essential services.”

Through CDGB, Westchester County will receive $2,180,194, and through ESG, it will receive $1,073,114 to respond to, and recover from, the spread of the coronavirus disease throughout the county.

“I want to thank Congresswoman Nita Lowey for her assistance in securing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds to help Westchester County recover from these unprecedented times,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “The more than  three million dollars in COVID-19 recovery grants for our CDBG and ESG Programs will go a long way in helping Westchester County to rebuild and recover from the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Rockland County will receive $961,755 through CDGB. Through the CARES Act, New York State will receive $21,730,655 in non-entitlement ESG funding which Rockland and other local governments can access through a process determined by the state government. 

“Thank you to Congresswoman Nita Lowey for her continued support of the Rockland community,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. “We are awaiting formal guidance from HUD and once received, Rockland County will carefully review how the monies can be used based upon federal rules and regulations. We will then coordinate with local health authorities, municipalities, for-profit entities, non-profit entities and private entities to the fullest extent possible to carry out eligible activities to the benefit of our residents.”

The City of White Plains, which because of its size is not part of the Westchester County consortium, will receive $518,258.00 in CDBG money.

“We are facing an unprecedented crisis both nationally and locally,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach. “Congresswoman Lowey's support and advocacy in quickly bringing these much needed funds to our community will make a big difference in the lives of many and are greatly appreciated."

CDBG grants are provided to states and local governments to help develop viable urban communities through suitable housing and living environments and economic opportunities for those with low or moderate incomes.

ESG supports state, local, and private entities to assist people in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness, including rental assistance. It also supports increasing the number of quality emergency homeless shelters. 

As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey led the House in negotiations with Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration to secure this funding in addition to tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible.