CDBG-CV: Coronavirus Response Funding
In April 2020, the City of Billings was awarded $386,973 in CARES Act funding (CDBG-CV) to support coronavirus and other infectious disease response for low income individuals and families in Billings. There are many competing interests relative to accessing this funding source, although the City has not received and processed necessary HUD regulatory guidance to move forward with a funding allocation to a specific agency.
The City is required to coordinate with state and local health authorities before undertaking any activity to support state or local pandemic / infectious disease response. Activities must:
- Exclusively support coronavirus and other infectious disease response.
- Primarily benefit low income individuals and families in Billings. Extensive documentation relative to the impact of pandemic response activities for low income beneficiaries, including complete demographics, is required.
- Avoid duplication of other local, state, or federal service or support to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.
Throughout the summer of 2020, City staff will be soliciting input and public comment via survey instruments and other communication forums to garner data and information to conduct a needs assessment relative to coronavirus / infectious disease response. Outreach efforts will follow the City’s Consolidated Planning process www.BillingsMT.gov/conplan.
Based on priorities identified through the needs assessment, the City may allocate funding for the following activities / projects:
Organizations seeking funding for housing development should refer to the Affordable Housing Development program to request a CDBG or HOME funding allocation at www.BillingsMT.gov/chdo.