May 11, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces More than $294 Million in Pandemic Recovery Funds to District

~ Funding will help local governments restore jobs, address pandemic’s economic fallout~

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced the allocation of $294,969,470 in federal COVID-19 recovery funds for Florida’s Fifth Congressional District. The funds will be provided through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program. The program was created by the historic American Rescue Plan that was passed by Congress to provide emergency funding for local governments as they cope with budget gaps and recover from COVID-19.

“The health and economic impacts of COVID-19 have devastated our communities and crippled local governments,” Rep. Lawson said. “Continuing budget shortfalls are putting countless teachers, first responders and other essential worker’s jobs in jeopardy. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, this critical federal aid will keep our state and local governments alive. As these funds are allocated, I will continue to work to ensure future aid continues to make its way to the North Florida community.”

Funds for Florida’s Fifth Congressional District:

  • Baker County: $5,673,700
  • Columbia County: $13,924,165
  • Duval County: $186,032,681
  • Gadsden County: $8,868,920
  • Hamilton County: $2,802,470
  • Jefferson County: $2,767,118
  • Madison County: $3,592,048
  • Leon County: $71,308,368

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program will provide substantial flexibility for each jurisdiction to meet local needs – including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. 

Within the categories of eligible uses listed, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities. In addition to allowing for flexible spending up to the level of their revenue loss, recipients can use funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral health care, mental health and substance misuse treatment and certain public health and safety personnel responding to the crisis.
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including by rehiring public sector workers, providing aid to households facing food, housing or other financial insecurity, offering small business assistance, and extending support for industries hardest hit by the crisis.
  • Aid the communities and populations hardest hit by the crisis, supporting an equitable recovery by addressing not only the immediate harms of the pandemic, but its exacerbation of longstanding public health, economic and educational disparities
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have the greatest health risks because of their service during the pandemic.
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, improving access to clean drinking water, supporting vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expanding access to broadband internet.

Eligible states, cities, counties, Tribes, and territories can now request their funds from Treasury through the Treasury Submission Portal

 

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