UTICA, N.Y. – The cities of Utica and Rome have been awarded just over $975,000 in community block grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-22.
The funds were distributed under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“The Community Development Block Grant is a vital stream of investment that supports local economic growth, vital services to seniors and families, community revitalization, and affordable housing. Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must not forget to invest in our future, and this funding does just that,” said. Sen. Charles Schumer.
Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo says the first round of funding, awarded from HUD through the CARES Act in March, was used to help local agencies assist those in need throughout the community.
“We have just implemented our plan for the first tranche of funding to assist those agencies providing food and shelter along with providing neighborhood improvement and quality of life programs in the CDBG target area,” said Izzo. “Following HUD guidelines for this new funding, we look forward to another round of support for those agencies servicing our community with food pantries, shelter and building upon our infrastructure which strengthens neighborhoods.”
Rome received nearly $300,000 in the second round, while Utica was awarded just under $680,000.