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ITHACA, N.Y. –– Public comment opened Monday for proposed spending on COVID-19 related projects funded through the  federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act.

In May, the CARES Act allocated additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funding to the City of Ithaca through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City has $321,299.20 available from their allocation to fund projects –– $190,000 of which is being used for a rent relief fund.

The IURA has now proposed that the City of Ithaca designate $122,479 in remaining CDBG-CV funding for the following COVID-specific uses:

  • Laundry and Internet Needs During COVID-19 (OAR) – $11,000
  • Ithaca CARES about Re-Opening Child Care (CDC) – $10,000
  • Aid from Immigrants During COVID-19 (CCTT) – $10,879
  • DICC Child Care Center Re-Opening (DICC) – $25,600
  • COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program (SA) – $20,000
  • COVID-19 Testing for Vulnerable Populations (REACH) – $20,000
  • Security Deposits for Safer Housing (CCTT) – $25,000

The public comment period runs Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m. To submit comments, email written statements to Anisa Mendizabal, IURA Community Development Planner, at please put “Public Comment – CDBG-CV Proposals (Round 2)” in the subject line, or attend Public Hearing (information below) to make verbal comment in real time.

The public hearing will be at the June 10, 2020 Virtual Meeting of the Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC). The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

More information about this proposed use is available at

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