The City of Marshall has received its third round of COVID-19 funding as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program. The designated $234,000 of the COVID-19 funds will directly benefit our public service organizations (not for individuals).
“This is our third round of COVID-19 funding that we will use to invest in our community, which is where it counts the most,” said Fabio Angell, Director of Community and Economic Development.
The City of Marshall urges all public service organizations who qualify for this assistance to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 30, 2021, by 4:00 p.m. Applications will be reviewed by the CDBG Division, part of the City’s Department of Community & Economic Development, for eligibility and completion.
Eligible activities include:
• “Rent and utility assistance” for those affected financially by COVID. Funds will be repaid directly to landlord or utility company directly or through a non-profit.
• Prescription assistance for COVID-related meds. Funds will be paid directly to the provider or through a non-profit.
• Small businesses to retrofit properties or cover lost income and wages due to COVID
• To retrofit or construct a public space or space a non-profit owns for testing, diagnosis, vaccinating, treating COVID following HIPPA guidelines of confidentiality (screens or rooms behind which the patients go, waiting area, etc.) for COVID and in preparation of next pandemic (as long as the area stays ready and not used for other things in the meantime)
• Projects that support broadband access (always-on high speed internet connection) for elderly and low income as well as those working at home or schooling at home due to COVID or to increase resilience to natural hazards like COVID and environmental disasters:
o Providing funds to non-profits and for-profits to install wiring, fiber optic cables, and permanently affixed equipment such as receivers for areas without adequate broadband access and that are LMI areas
o Part of the emergency payments like “rent and utility assistance” (cited above) can include internet service for households for up to 6 consecutive months, including any months that are past due.
o Wiring or wireless infrastructure in LMI owner occupied homes, rental units in public housing or other housing designated for low-income (Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties) or non-profit buildings owned by the non-profit.
o Laptops and hotspots for use by LMI children to access virtual classes provided by schools (not home-schoolers, but those enrolled in school but having to go remotely) if under $5,000.
• For new businesses or business expansions that create jobs for the manufacture of PPEs, medical supplies, etc. to respond to infectious diseases;
• To establish, stabilize and expand microenterprises to provide medical, food delivery, cleaning and other services to support home health care for those in quarantine.
• For job training to expand number of health care workers and technicians
• For federally Qualified Health Clinics in Marshall or other health clinics for low-income persons, including county city/health department for infectious disease prevention, treatment.
Funding will be made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for use during the current year, 2021, however funds must be spent by December 22, 2022.
The application can be found online via the City of Marshall official website, www.marshalltexas.net, on the Community Development Block Grant subpage located under the “Departments” tab. Applications will also be made available at the Community and Economic Development Office, 401 S. Alamo Blvd., during business hours.
Shameia Ruffins, Community Development Coordinator said, “the deadline for submittal is September 30 by 4:00 p.m., we hope we can get a list of applicants so that we may invest these funds back into our community. My office will have print-out applications for walk-in applicants as well”. For more information, please contact Ms. Ruffins’ CDBG Division at (903) 935-4456.