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WHITE PLAINS RECEIVES HUD AWARD FOR SUPPLEMENTAL CARES ACT (CDBG-CV) FUNDING
Funds to be used for Hunger Mitigation and Housing Security
WHITE PLAINS, NY – July 9, 2020. The City of White Plains has received a grant award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) for supplemental CDBG funds allocated under the federal CARES Act in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The City’s approved plan will use the funds to support public services focused on hunger mitigation and housing security. The City was allocated an additional $518,258 through the CARES Act.
“In White Plains, we support our neighbors,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach. “The Coronavirus pandemic has shattered the fragile economic balance that many were living under. We believe the best possible use of this supplemental grant award is to fund services that directly address these needs right here in our community.”
The City responded immediately by setting up community food distributions at locations around the city several times each week. These food distributions have helped thousands of White Plains individuals and families. On average, the City has distributed about 10,000 lbs. of food per week since late March. In addition, the City’s longstanding relationship with Westchester Residential Opportunities (WRO) has enabled us to provide housing assistance and eviction prevention services for many years, including during these last few months, to those at risk of losing their home or facing eviction. Using CDBG funds, WRO has been able to provide housing counseling to assist residents in avoiding foreclosure or eviction. This supplemental funding will allow WRO to increase their level of assistance to White Plains residents impacted by COVID-19.
The City of White Plains has received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from HUD for 45 years. This funding, which must be used to support low/moderate income people, has been invested back into our community. Over the years CDBG funds have rehabilitated homes for income-eligible families, improved parks in low/moderate income communities, and funded vital public services assisting vulnerable populations such as senior citizens.
Additional CDBG funding was authorized this year as part of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic for CDBG entitlement communities, including White Plains. The plan includes funding for food distribution services such as Meals on Wheels, which has seen a huge upsurge in need since the pandemic started, among others. Other funding will support housing stability and homelessness prevention through Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, the Housing Action Council, and WRO. Some of the grant will provide the additional funds necessary for Kittrell and Gardella pools to open in accordance with all required safety measures.