Cuyahoga County to distribute $240 million in federal funding to help in COVID-19 recovery efforts

Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 1:23 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and officials from the Board of Health introduced new initiatives to help counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

A virtual update was held on Wednesday afternoon:

Budish said $240 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act will be distributed throughout Cuyahoga County in an effort to assist in long-term recovery. Initiatives will include:

  • Helping small businesses and restaurants
  • Increase access to internet
  • Improve public health resources

“We know that while the effects of the pandemic have lessened, many residents are still facing incredible hardships,” Budish said. “Many of you are still in need of rental or mortgage assistance, support for your small business, and help putting food on the table, the list goes on.”

The county is accepting creative ideas from community members for how the federal funding can be spent to benefit the region.

Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan and Director of Environmental Health Rick Novickis also provided remarks during the briefing.

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