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The U.S. House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the CARES Act, which will provide communities with immediate #Coronavirus relief. Here's everything planners need to know. #CARESact

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#Housing security is addressed through new funding for critical block grants, housing voucher, and housing assistance programs. Provisions include $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants. #CDBG (2/16)
$5 billion for Community Development Block Grants (#CDBG). $2 billion to entitlement communities, $1 billion to the states, $2 bill for @HUDgov targeting to most heavily affected areas. (3/16)
#CDBG funding suspends cap on public service activities and allows for virtual public hearings. Local social services also aided by $1 billion from @HHSGov in block grant funding. (4/16)
Critical support for immediate #housing security needs with $4 billion for homeless assistance grants, $1.25 billion for Tenant Based Rental Assistance, $1 billion for Project Based Rental Assistance, $685 million for public housing operating funds. (5/16)
10% of the homeless assistance funding can be used for local government administrative costs and public engagement requirements are suspended. (6/16)
Access and mobility services for communities are supported by $25 billion in emergency support for #transit, $10 billion in emergency aid for airports and $1 billion for @Amtrak and intercity rail. (7/16)
$25 billion in emergency assistance for public #transportation agencies. Funds will be provided immediately through existing urban and rural area formula programs. Importantly, these funds can be used of operations and maintenance expenses. (8/16)
The bill aims to provide fiscal stability to local governments with a major new $150 billion relief fund for state and local governments and liquidity support for local governments and the municipal bond market. (9/16)
The relief fund sets aside $139 billion for the 50 states, $8 billion for tribal governments, and $3 billion would be reserved for the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. (10/16)
Funds distributed proportional to population with no state receiving less than $1.25 billion. Localities above 500,000 can apply for direct funding. (11/16)
Broad eligibility for use of the relief funds covering un-budgeted #COVID19 related costs from March through December. (12/16)
Support for #economicdevelopment and adjustment, particularly for communities with vulnerable key industries, provided with $1.5 billion in Economic Development Administration funding. (13/16)
Support provided for non-profits and private sector planning firms with less than 500 employees. New Payroll Protection Program provides immediate loan for payroll and other expenses. (14/16)
If organizations maintain staffing, 8 weeks of funding paid for the federal government through full loan forgiveness. (15/16)
For more information tune in to yesterday's briefing, APA Rapid-Response to #Coronavirus Congressional Relief Package. (16/16)

#BREAKING: House passes #coronavirus emergency relief package, which goes next to President Trump for his signature before becoming law #CARESact

Looking Ahead: We're already hearing from @SpeakerPelosi that a 4th #coronavirus bill would focus on #infrastructure & local govts
#BREAKING: President Trump signs #CARESact into law, giving communities access to critical emergency funding to help with #coronavirus response and recovery efforts.

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