City Council approves framework for $271 million in COVID-19 aid, relief funding

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June 04, 2020 - 8:22 pm
Coronavirus and Money

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- While much of the Austin City Council's time on Thursday was spent on protests and the response from Austin Police, council members also approved a plan for spending more than $271 million in aid to help those impacted by COVID-19.

Council members voted unanimously to spend up to $70 million to individual Austinites for help with food, rent, and utility payments.

Of the overall funding package, emergency response represents the largest chunk of the funds allocated ($105.5 million), followed closely by economic support initiatives ($103.2 million), then medical and public health needs ($62.9 million). Roughly $170 million of the funds came from the federal CARES Act. The remaining $100 million is a combination of other federal funds and local funding.

Austin City Council COVID-19 response spending

An amendment from Council Member Greg Casar shifted $9 million that had previously been earmarked for small businesses, adding $12 million to the city's RISE Fund.

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