WEST CHESTER — Chester County will receive initial funding of $2.28 million from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday.
Pennsylvania will receive more than $170 million in new funding from the program. Neighboring Delaware County will receive $3.28 million.
With a massive $2 trillion allocated for businesses, individuals, federal agencies, and state and local governments, the CARES Act has been designed to distribute capital quickly and broadly.
The CARES Act is an attempt at the federal level to address issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The act seeks to provide economic support to the business sector, employees, individuals, and families. It also specifically addresses industries that have been impacted the most, including air transportation, health care, and education.
“I was proud to advocate for Pennsylvania to receive necessary funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it poses for our families and communities," said U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. "The Commonwealth will receive $170.65 million in new Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and other HUD programs to help provide shelter to homeless individuals, increase affordable housing options, develop infrastructure and maintain crucial public services, among other uses. CDBG plays an instrumental role in advancing locally driven projects that create jobs and contribute to economic growth, and the funding is as important as ever as our nation battles this pandemic.”