MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $500,000 to the city of Florence to assist in that city’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The award is part of more than $40 million allocated to Alabama under a special Community Development Block Grant program funded from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“Alabama has made strides in overcoming COVID-19, but we must remain diligent in our battle,” Gov. Ivey said. “I hope that these funds will enable the city of Florence and Lauderdale County to fully rebound from the pandemic and fortify against any setbacks.”
The city will use funds as reimbursement to the North Alabama Medical Center for equipment purchases needed to treat victims and protect hospital staff.
Gov. Ivey has awarded additional grants to other Alabama cities and counties. The grant funds are required to be expended on projects relating to the recovery from or preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus or any future infectious diseases.
The funds were made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Alabama counties and entitlement communities receiving the CDBG-COVID funds were required to make an application with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
“Like other Alabama cities and counties receiving these funds, the city of Florence is demonstrating that it is taking steps to recover from this pandemic,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to partner with Governor Ivey in awarding these funds.”
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.
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