FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2020
MAYOR STEWART ANNOUNCES CARES ACT INVESTMENTS IN NEW BRITAIN
NEW BRITAIN – Mayor Erin Stewart announced today a series of significant investments in New Britain made possible with grant monies provided to the City through the CARES Act.
In response to the economic impact caused by the Coronavirus global pandemic, Congress passed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This federal Act provides funds to state, local and tribal governments through the Coronavirus Relief Fund. These relief funds will go to several initiatives in our community to aid in our recovery. On April 2nd the City received a letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development notifying the City of a CARES Act appropriation. The funds were allocated at a special meeting of the Commission of Community and Neighborhood Development on May 28th, where they voted to amend our 2019 Annual Plan to include the CARES Act funds. On June 3rd the City received an additional letter from HUD approving our amendment and making the funds available.
“I’m beyond excited to announce the first installment of investments in our City,” said Mayor Stewart. “As you all know, since the start of the shutdown due to COVID-19 many communities in our state and country have suffered much loss; businesses have suffered, people have lost their jobs, and municipalities have tried to cover the rising costs of the public health and safety needs of their residents – it’s been tough. Thankfully the CARES Act has made certain monies available to us to help offset these new municipal burdens; it will help us prepare, prevent, and respond to the many issues COVID-19 has created.”
The first set of CARES Act investments in New Britain are as follows:
“CCND is proud to receive and allocate these funds to prevent, prepare and respond to COVID,” said CCND Chairman Alphonse Wright. “HUD has very strict limitations on how we can spend these dollars. We are pleased that HUD has approved the City for the use of these funds in our ongoing response to the pandemic.”
The City of New Britain remains hopeful that additional funding may become available to the City if a second round of the CARES Act or a similar stimulus package is approved in Washington, DC.
Brock L. Weber
Executive Aide to Mayor Erin Stewart