The city of Haverford has set up a framework to spend nearly $ 20 million in March, according to President Biden’s U.S. Rescue Plan.
Dav Berman, manager of Havford City, did not apply for the money; The city already manages the Community Development Block Grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which has been distributed by the federal treasury. The CDBG program provides annual subsidies to states, cities and counties based on formulas to meet community development needs.
Other communities that do not have their own CDBG funds must be eligible for funding through state and county distribution. Under the US Rescue Plan, $ 350 billion in flexible funding is provided directly to state and local governments.
According to the Urban National League, other communities that have received direct funding include $ 41,761,939 for the upper derby, $ 30,357,628 for the Chester, and more than $ 25 million for the lower merion.
As part of the Harvard framework, the Board of Commissioners announced a $ 2,500 grant program for urban businesses severely affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.
During the commissioners’ working session Monday, Burmese said, “Back to Business Level One program will provide an opportunity to apply for $ 2,500 to nonprofits and businesses in Harvard.” To be eligible, businesses must be active from September 1, 2020, beginning September 1, 2021, whether they are headquartered or physically located in the city.
This is a one-time gift; According to tax returns, businesses must have at least $ 25,000 in total receipts and have reduced revenues by at least 20 percent between 2019 and 2020. Taxes.
Applications deadline is September 30 for the first 250 applications. There will be two more rounds of assistance to follow up to 750 donations.
In addition to the assistance, $ 9.5 million for public health emergency funding for the first $ 9.9 million Harvard framework, $ 3,250,000 for negative economic impacts, $ 600,000 for inefficient communities, $ 305,000 for essential staff, $ 3,250,000 for water, sewerage and broadband infrastructure, and public sector losses. $ 2 million – number determined by department – and $ 250,000 in administrative costs.
These categories are assigned to the city by the Treasury Department as part of the grant.
The city sought public opinion and received 16 proposals, including road improvements, park improvements, support for local residents in need, economic improvements to public Wi-Fi, such as parks and bus stops, and the hiring of a business district. A gardener manager to protect public gardens, help with food insecurity, increase parking in Okmont, and reduce taxes.
All payments must be made by December 2024 and disbursed by December 2026.
The Lower Merion Board of Governors has held some initial discussions on funding for the U.S. rescue plan, but the city administration has not yet made a decision on how to use the money, said Public Information Officer Lori Jennings. City officials will discuss the matter with the Commissioner at the September 9 budget workshop and the annual budget process later this year.
“This is great. It serves many purposes for the city, for the economy and for the residents.”
Berman believes that the aid program will help small businesses. He also believes that money will be set aside for small businesses to provide street views and beauty and programs.
“It doesn’t do much for big business, but it does help small businesses in the city,” says Berman. If the businesses do well, the village will do well, and that’s what we want to do.
Berman, for his part, said the framework, which includes a disproportionate component, is a group of people that officials are working to reach. For competent census tracts, officials consult the census data – those that meet the requirements for low- to middle-income neighborhoods.
“We can work in those neighborhoods and do things to help people with disabilities,” says Berman. Minority-owned businesses can set up specific programs for them or for women-owned businesses.
“The US rescue plan has put the lives of the American people and our economy in the fight against COVID-19,” said Mary Gay Scanlon, a U.S. representative. For individuals, monthly child tax credit payments, and other benefits, one of the most important aspects of the U.S. bailout plan was $ 350 billion for state and local governments.
Scanlon also said that elected officials have heard that local governments across the country have similar interests – that they are listening intently to the safety and encouragement of their blue residents.
“This direct financial assistance has enabled cities, counties and common resources to provide federal assistance to their communities, from small business support to part-time and emergency payroll staff and first responders.” Direct funding also helped local governments get relief quickly. The people closest to the land are always better equipped to decide what their residents need and how to deliver it – and that is exactly what the American rescue plan did to our local governments.
For some small businesses, even $ 2,500 can make a big difference. Jean-Angele, chief executive of the Harvard Partnership for Economic Development, operates about 100 member businesses in the city. “Restaurants and small businesses will definitely help.”
Bill Baker, owner of Havertown Roofing and Siding, accepts the funding, but believes that the only way to do so is with pedestrian traffic.
“It will be useful. We all have accounts, but we work every day, ”Baker said. Since then we still have accounts and we try to catch them, so it will be useful, but you are always behind the eight balls.
He asked how it would be paid in the long run.
“Where does this money come from? I don’t want to get involved in politics, but someone has to pay for it, ”Baker said.
“It’s worth $ 2,500. At this point, everything is helpful. ” “Occasionally someone says, ‘We have money for you for no reason.’ Occasionally during the last year and a half, this has happened, but you have to beware of scams.
The Caspian plague has been rampant in Havertown since 1954, when the plague was so severe on Toxdo and his formal attire. Cassel said he has owned and operated a partner for the past 26 years.
“He was so disillusioned with the business that he did not even have a part in it,” says Cassel. “We still return very slowly. We’ve been looking good for the last two days… It’s not so good right now, it’s hard to relax about anything.
Cashel’s business was the first PPP. The loan could not save money, but they were able to get the business loan that they had to take care of, but it had to be repaid.
Cassel said he accepted the money unless it was strings attached or some form of fraud.
We are trying to get past him. We don’t want to throw in the towel. ”