Rosen, Cortez Masto Applaud Nearly $10 Million in Community Development Block Grant Funding for Nevada Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s recent (HUD) allocation to the State of Nevada of $9,939,507 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

“During this time of crisis, it is more important than ever that we ensure Nevada communities are prepared to address their unique needs related to the coronavirus pandemic,” said the Senators. “This funding will, among other things, help to provide seniors and low-income families with food assistance, provide rent and mortgage relief for communities facing high unemployment, and work to reduce the number of active coronavirus cases and the rate of transmission. We will continue working to ensure that Nevada receives our fair share in federal funding to combat the virus as we continue to protect the health and safety of all Nevadans.”

BACKGROUND: This wave of Community Development Block Grant funds, allocated as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for which both Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto voted in favor, will provide financial assistance to help communities support:

  • Assistance for Low-Income Individuals, Elderly Persons, and Needy Children 

o   Funds to safely provide low-income seniors with access to food, health care, and other basic needs. Funds to supply food to poor children who otherwise do not have access to adequate nutrition.

  • Families and Entities Impacted by Economic and Housing Market Disruptions

o   Relief funding for places with high unemployment claims. In these locations, businesses may struggle more, renters may have more difficulty paying rent, and homeowners may have more difficulty paying their mortgage. 

  • Efforts to Reduce Risk of Transmission and Number of Coronavirus Cases

o   Funding proportionately allocated to states based on the per capita incidence of coronavirus cases compared to the national average.