Jonesboro to receive more than $360k in coronavirus assistance

Jonesboro to receive more than $360k in coronavirus assistance
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The city of Jonesboro will receive $362,524 in federal funds to aid its response to COVID-19.

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with First District Representative Rick Crawford, announced Thursday the state of Arkansas will receive $23.6 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The lion’s share of that amount will go to Little Rock. The capital city will receive $879,049. It will also receive an additional $81,216 from the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

According to a news release, the cities can use the money to “make improvements to public facilities that are necessary to the COVID-19 response, support businesses to increase economic development, and provide increase public services during the outbreak.”

A majority of the funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program.

Arkansas communities receiving the CBDG grants are:

  • Conway - $269,734
  • Fayetteville - $436,285
  • Fort Smith - $530,840
  • Hot Springs - $254,743
  • Jacksonville - $123,984
  • Jonesboro - $362,524
  • Little Rock - $879,049, along with an additional $81,216 from the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.
  • North Little Rock - $406,388
  • Pine Bluff - $411,412
  • Rogers - $270,024
  • Springdale - $478,318
  • Texarkana - $165,006
  • West Memphis - $186,531

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