CDBG-CV: Coronavirus Response Funding

Overview

The City of Billings was awarded Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding (CDBG-CV) to support coronavirus response for low-income individuals and families in Billings. The City is required to coordinate with state and local health authorities before undertaking any activity to support state or local pandemic response. 

CDBG-CV Activities must:

  • Exclusively prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (i.e., SARS-CoV-2 or another coronavirus with pandemic potential).
  • 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.

Funded Projects:

  • Fast-Track Public Service Projects  
    • Chinook Horses ($15,000) -  Mental health equestrian therapy for low-income residents of Billings impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Head Start Explorers Academy ($15,000) - Information technology software and support to facilitate distance learning for children in Billings impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Education Foundation ($12,000) - Childhood literacy programming and backpack meals for children in Billings impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 
    • Gratitude in Action ($10,000) - Housing subsistence payments for low-income individuals impacted by the pandemic to live in a sober living home and to provide Wi-Fi access to facilitate employment services for low-income families impacted by the pandemic.
    • Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley ($15,000) - Emergency diaper assistance for families experiencing homelessness and impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Alternatives ($15,000) - Improved access to mental health services through information technology development for low-income residents of Billings impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Public facility and Public Service Awards
    • Salvation Army ($55,000) - for food delivery, food boxes, etc.
    • Downtown Billings Business Improvement District ($117,715) for a new public handwashing station / restroom in downtown Billings.
    • Boys & Girls Club of Yellowstone County ($140,000) - to renovate an insufficient front reception area at the Boys & Girls Club in order to provide room for social distancing. At present, the front reception area does not provide room for social distancing.
    • School District 2 ($313,000) - for replacement of an insufficient HVAC system at Washington Elementary School to improve indoor air quality and ventilation to improve public health and prevent spread of coronavirus to ensure the building’s continued usefulness during an outbreak.
    • Alternatives, Inc. ($47,000) to strengthen information technology and app development to provide mental health treatment options, at a distance, to low-income clients. The ability to provide distance services will protect both the clients and Alternatives staff from the spread of the coronavirus.