Montgomery Council Approves An Additional $25.7 Million for COVID-19 Relief

Earlier this week the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved over $25 million for food security, targeted minority health programs, and more.

$12.8 million will go to the Montgomery County Food Security Fund, a program started by the Council in June to provide residents in need with a reliable source of food. The Greater Washington Community Foundation was tasked with initiating the fund, and has since allocated the initial $10.3 million the Council previously provided.

A further $7.9 million will be split between the African American Health Program and Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar (For Our Health and Wellbeing). These organizations are working to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on African American and Latino residents in the county.

The remaining funds will go to various other initiatives. From coverage in Bethesda Magazine:

● $2.5 million to support operating expenses of the Montgomery County Conference Center in North Bethesda
● $1.25 million for restaurants to purchase equipment and supplies for winter dining on the streeteries, which are streets that have been closed to allow for expanded outdoor seating.
● $1 million for an emergency homeless shelter to replace a men’s facility in Rockville that will no longer be available in the spring of 2021
● $225,095 for grants to organizations serving residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities

$406,000 will be used to establish an afterschool youth support and engagement hub pilot program for middle and high school students and families at-risk of disengagement from school.

$312,455 will be used to provide socially-distanced, in-person therapeutic recreation for school-age youth.

Read the full article in Bethesda Magazine.

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