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City Receives More COVID-19 Cares Act Funding

Jamestown officials will be receiving more funding from the CARES Act.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced the additional funding, with $302,569 being allocated to Jamestown. The funding will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

“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,” Schumer said. “Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must not forget to invest in our future, and this funding does just that.”

Gillibrand said she is pleased to announce the federal funding to support the CDBG program, which will help promote local economic growth and expand access to affordable housing in Upstate New York.

“This federal funding will help New Yorkers stay resilient during the pandemic and build on efforts to revitalize communities, create new jobs and attract even more investments — all while helping ensure that housing can be accessible for all. I am proud to have fought for this CARES Act funding and I will continue working for the resources and support our communities need to thrive.”

Crystal Surdyk, city development director, said city officials are working with regional HUD officials to finalize how the city will be able to use the additional CARES Act funding.

Earlier this year, the city received $704,811 in the first allocation of CARES Act funding. Of the $704,811 in funding, $600,000 was allocated to two programs, one to assist local businesses and one to help renters. The other $104,811 went toward administration costs. Businesses were allowed to apply for up to $20,000 in funding while renters were allowed to apply for $1,500.

In August, Surdyk told the Jamestown City Council that 27 grants were given to businesses totalling $528,700. She said, so far, 28 renters have been provided assistance, with more applications to be processed. If those applications are approved, then $71,300 will be provided to city tenants.

Businesses and tenants that applied needed to provide proof of negative economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic to receive funding.

In July, it was announced 18 businesses had received the funding. Those businesses include The Pub; Fringe Hair; The Landmark; Escape Rooms Jamestown; Lotus Healing Center; Nouveau Salon & Day Spa; Panache Salon & Day Spa; Sauce; Tarp Skunks; Allen Street Diner; 4 Below Haggy’s Bar and Grill; Jamestown Bowling Company; The Cherry Lounge; The Chop House; Forte; Gialy’s; Shawbucks; and Lisciandros.

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