City Council approves funding for COVID-19 response

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Evansville City Council approves more money to help in the city’s recovery efforts from COVID-19.

“Everyone in the community will put those resources to use and will really benefit those in the community who need the most help,” City Council President Alex Burton said. 

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s proposal for more money is directed towards small businesses and social service agencies.

The city received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Burton said he’s glad the city is getting help from the federal government.

“Everybody is ready to get back to some level of normal and I say that – normal – from the standpoint of businesses operating, businesses thriving, businesses filling a need and meeting a need in our community,” Burton said. 

$500,000 is earmarked for small businesses in low income areas. Eligible small businesses need to be directly affected by Governor Holcomb’s Hunker Down Hoosiers executive order.

$75,000 will go towards food assistance, and the YMCA is in line to receive some aid.

“We serve those kids pretty much during the year and we have had to suspend those operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said YMCA southwestern President and CEO Johnathan Pope. “In the meantime we have been serving food and trying to make sure those kids are receiving nourishment on the weekends.”

Burton said the funding is just one key component to everyone doing their part to keep the city afloat.

“We are protecting the most important asset we have in our community and that’s our people,” Burton said. “So making sure people are following social distancing and washing their hands and other CDC guidelines all of that is extremely important as we protect not only our community but the residents who make it up and make this community what it is.”

Any of the funds approved today can be used for deep cleaning – or any modifications for social distancing.

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(This story was originally published on May 11, 2020)

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