Business owners in need of assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those in need of PPE, and people in need of rent assistance, listen up: at its July 14 meeting, the Addison City Council approved three CARES Act reimbursement programs made possible through an interlocal agreement with Dallas County!
CARES Act – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – established the Coronavirus Relief Fund and appropriated funds to be used to make payments for specified uses by state and local governments. The State of Texas set aside $1.85 billion to distribute to cities and counties that had not already received a direct allocation from the U.S. Treasury. This amounts to approximately $55 per capita for each city, which means Addison is eligible for $894,465 in reimbursements, according to a recent press release.
Here are the three CARES Act programs approved:
- Public Health and Compliance Program (Town Reimbursement Program) – $115,000: This program was developed to reimburse the Town for COVID-19 expenses, such as personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.), public space disinfection, and enhanced telework capabilities.
- Resident Assistance Program – $285,000: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local non-profits have experienced an increase in demand for services from Addison residents. In a letter dated May 1, 2020, Metrocrest Services CEO Tracy Eubanks stated that Addison families visited the Food Pantry 189 times in April. This was a 302% increase over last year. Their rent assistance program served 22 Addison families in April. This was a 144% increase over last year. In response, Council approved emergency funding to Metrocrest Services on May 15, 2020 in the amount of $85,000. Funding for the Resident Assistance Program includes reimbursement to the Town for the initial $85,000 to Metrocrest Services and an additional $200,000 to Metrocrest Services for rent, food and utility assistance services for Addison residents.
- Addison CARES Lease/Mortgage Assistance Grant Program – $500,000: The Addison Economic Development and Tourism Department developed this business assistance program to establish a fund in the amount of $500,000 to be used to award eligible businesses 75% of their gross lease or mortgage payments for two months for a maximum grant award of up to $10,000 per company.