Coronavirus Relief for Communities: APA Breaks It Down
President Trump has signed into law the mammoth coronavirus relief package that will provide immediate relief to local governments in need of support.
Now that the CARES Act is officially law, we are highlighting what we know is in it — including major funding injections for state and local governments — that planners will need to help their communities weather and recover from this crisis.
Planning is essential in this time of unprecedented need. It will be especially critical in the weeks and months to come to guide the application of this funding to have the most impact on the future health, safety, and stability of their communities.
On Thursday, March 26, APA Policy Director Jason Jordan held a rapid-response legislative briefing to help planners understand what’s in the bill. Download the slides or watch the briefing in its entirety here:
We are also breaking down the critical planning-related portions of the bill on Twitter. Be sure to follow @APAAdvocates for additional updates and information as it becomes available.
The U.S. House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the CARES Act, which will provide communities with immediate #Coronavirus relief. Here's everything planners need to know. #CARESact
#Housing security is addressed through new funding for critical block grants, housing voucher, and housing assistance programs. Provisions include $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants. #CDBG (2/16)
Critical support for immediate #housing security needs with $4 billion for homeless assistance grants, $1.25 billion for Tenant Based Rental Assistance, $1 billion for Project Based Rental Assistance, $685 million for public housing operating funds. (5/16)
Access and mobility services for communities are supported by $25 billion in emergency support for #transit, $10 billion in emergency aid for airports and $1 billion for @Amtrak and intercity rail. (7/16)
$25 billion in emergency assistance for public #transportation agencies. Funds will be provided immediately through existing urban and rural area formula programs. Importantly, these funds can be used of operations and maintenance expenses. (8/16)
The bill aims to provide fiscal stability to local governments with a major new $150 billion relief fund for state and local governments and liquidity support for local governments and the municipal bond market. (9/16)
Thank you to all APA advocates who reached out to their elected officials to ensure that communities were not forgotten as Congress debated this important relief funding. Read APA’s Letter to Congress and join the Planners Advocacy Network to stay abreast of legislative updates and opportunities to advocate for planning at the federal, state, and local levels.