Starting Tuesday, residents of Monroe and small businesses affected by COVID-19 can begin the process to request local help.
The Town of Monroe has received over $ 400,000 in community development funding from the CARES Act.
At the last Monroe city council meeting, council approved a local fundraising action plan that includes a mix of rent and mortgage assistance and repayable small business loans.
Mayor Jamie Mayo said a pre-application screening process will be available at www.MonroeLa.us/coronavirus Tuesday. The programs available are the Small Business Program, Rental Assistance Program, and Homeowner Assistance Program. An additional program will help nonprofits.
“There are limits in terms of what we can do with these funds,” said Director of Planning and Urban Development Ellen Hill, noting that they are intended to help close financial gaps related to COVID. -19.
The Small Business Program is for businesses that have not been able to take advantage of the federal paycheck protection program.
“We’re really looking to help these little moms and dads and these stores and small businesses that employ low to moderate income residents – the ones that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19,” Hill said.
Mortgage assistance applicants must reside in the town of Monroe and live in their home. For homeowners, PUD will also provide disaster advice to avoid foreclosure.
Rent assistance will also be available for a limited number of months per approved applicant and can also be used to settle rent arrears.
“Once the governor lifts the stay-at-home order, you might have a hard time clearing those rent arrears,” Hill said. “We want to be able to help tenants in our community.
For assistance, visit the Monroe City website or call 318-329-2256 to speak with the Community Development Department of Urban Planning and Development.
Residents are encouraged to complete the census
Funding through the Community Development Block Grants program for eligible cities like Monroe is provided on the basis of a block grant formula that takes into account population.
Additional federal government funding is also based on census data, and congressional, legislative and municipal constituencies are determined using the information.
On Monday, 54% of the inhabitants of the parish of Ouachita completed the census, against a response rate of 52.9% at the state level.
“We’re a little bit ahead, but we need everyone to be counted,” Hill said. “Over the next two weeks, you will see city staff in different locations handing out census materials that we got from the Census Bureau and reminding everyone how important it is that we do our census.”
On Monday, city officials encouraged citizens to complete the 2020 census at www.2020census.gov. The census survey takes about 10 minutes.