We Fought For And Got $53 Million In COVID ReliefRelease Date: 2020-07-07
Over the last few weeks, we led a coalition of big city mayors in a tough fight to ensure Long Beach would receive a $40 million relief package funded by the state. The funds are earmarked to assist residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. We also received $13 million from LA County to assist with our health response.
I want to thank Governor Gavin Newsom for his support and our local Long Beach delegation including State Senator Lena Gonzalez, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, and Supervisor Janice Hahn. We are in a critical moment in our city’s history and these resources will go a long way to support our community.
Our proposal for the state funds includes:
- $20 million for COVID-19 testing, which is critical to preventing community transmission of the virus.
- $2 million for emergency and transitional shelters for people experiencing homelessness who are vulnerable to COVID.
- $3.6 million to help small businesses comply with new physical changes to their businesses and to innovate spaces.
- $1 million for digital inclusion, to ensure Long Beach families have access to online services.
- $1.5 million to support arts organizations and the creative economy to provide economic relief.
- $1 million to create a Youth Ambassadors program and hire youth from across the city by partnering with local nonprofits and to provide training in health education.
- $1 million Black Health Equity initiative to support community work and break down racial inequity in our health systems.
- $1 million for community nonprofits who have health programs and are serving impacted communities.
- $1 million for our business improvement districts to support them and their work with small businesses.
- $500,000 for mental health and domestic violence providers who need additional support during this tough time for many folks.
- And additional funding for citywide and community health programs.
This funding will significantly help some of our most vulnerable neighbors and small businesses.
In addition, we are using the $13 million from LA County to directly support our COVID health partnerships and testing.
We will continue to fight and advocate for Long Beach.
Go Long Beach,
Mayor Robert Garcia