The Town of Normal announced a partnership with Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) to create an assistance program for residents suffering from income or job loss due to the pandemic. The program uses dollars the Town received as part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act.
“The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our entire community,” said Mayor Chris Koos. “Many are facing financial troubles, and the Town of Normal is here to assist our residents.”
The Town of Normal received a special allocation of $246,067 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, referred to as CDBG-CV (Coronavirus), to be used for the sole purpose of preventing, preparing for, and responding to the effects of COVID-19 locally.
The COVID-19-Related Housing Assistance Program will assist income-qualified residents in Normal for up to two months, or $2,000 total in a single year.
“This program can help residents cover monthly housing costs, specifically rent, mortgage and utility bill payments,” explained Koos. “We are proud to partner with a trusted and experienced organization like Mid Central Community Action in this unprecedented time.”
Mid Central Community Action Executive Director Deborah White affirmed the organization’s focus on this mission-driven partnership.
“We are here to assist Town of Normal residents with their COVID-19 related housing needs,” added White.
The initial amount of funding to the housing program is $100,000. The Town of Normal’s COVID-19-Related Housing Assistance Program is just one of several local programs designed to assist residents in need. Those needing assistance can call PATH at 2-1-1 to begin the referral process.
Program guidelines, application materials and information on how best to submit applications is available online at https://www.normal.org/1487/COVID-19-Related-Housing-Assistance-Prog.
Direct questions to Associate Planner Taylor Long at (309) 454-9642 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.