Emergency COVID19 funding for community-based groups, rental assistance to be considered by Elk Grove

At their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 8, the Elk Grove City Council will consider emergency funding for several community-based aid ...

At their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 8, the Elk Grove City Council will consider emergency funding for several community-based aid groups dealing with the effects of the COVID19 pandemic.

According to the staff report, the groups which range from the Elk Grove Food Bank Services to Chick in Crisis have seen an increase in demand for their services during the state of emergency. Elk Grove city staff also report they expect about $543,000 in grants through the recently approved $2 trillion federal stimulus program. 

Even though the city does not expect to receive the federal funding until later this month, it has recommended the allocations from the general fund be distributed to the organizations listed in the table below (click image to enlarge).

Additionally, the city council is recommended to allocate another $100,000 for rental assistance. Although this funding for rental assistance and to the community groups does not fully utilize the anticipated city grant, the report notes that these expenditures are only a stop-gap measure between now and June 30, the end of the city's fiscal year. 

Although the report's focus is on immediate needs, it notes using money from the general fund "is very flexible but must be balanced against the City’s many funding priorities, including the significant expected loss of City revenues in the coming months." 

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