Demand for providers exceeds Clark County coronavirus reduction cash

Despite spending nearly $ 300 million on coronavirus aid funds on a wide range of programs to assist a pandemic-hit public, Clark County estimates that the remaining federal dollars will not be enough to meet an outstanding demand for services.

District officials announced Tuesday that by June 30, they are expected to spend a total of $ 315 million in CARES Act funds granted to the county last year, leaving approximately $ 183 million on programs like rentals and Rent are available usefulness Help.

Officials said new federal money earmarked for the pandemic should help make up at least part of the current fiscal year deficit. The Consolidated Funds Act of 2021, which went into effect late last month, is expected to provide the county directly with $ 31.7 million in rental support.

It is the same bill that extended the deadline to December 31, 2021 to allow jurisdictions to spend their allotment of the CARES Act funds received in April. By Jan. 5, the county had spent all but $ 40 million, though Jessica Colvin, the county’s chief financial officer, said Tuesday that it would have been spent in full by Dec. 30 if the deadline wasn’t by one Year would have been extended.

Money well spent, but not enough

Rental Assistance ($ 54.6M), Basic Needs Assistance ($ 30.2M), Utility Assistance ($ 23.2M), Coordinated Coronavirus Test Sites ($ 23M), and Economic Recovery Programs ($ 11, $ 6 million) was among the county’s largest tickets to spending under the CARES Act.

And the efforts have paid off, according to Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller. The county ran nearly 500,000 coronavirus tests in 211 days of community-wide testing. Support of 16,000 households with rental support; paid more than 63,000 pension accounts; defused 314 evictions; and donated 2.1 million meals to individuals and households, including in partnership with three dozen vendors.

“Spending these dollars on the letter of the law, as we thought it was temporary, is incomprehensible to all of me how difficult it was for all of you,” said Commissioner Michael Naft as he praised the efforts of the district officials in handling federal dollars Maintenance.

However, the gap between funds available and demand shows how deep the pandemic has hit the region.

Rental, business support demand high demand

While the county still had nearly $ 24 million in rental assistance funds as of Jan. 5, around $ 91 million worth of applications had been queued. And while there was $ 1.9 million available for stimulus programs, it was around $ 23 million Small business grant applications Pending.

“We believe that we will continue to receive applications through June 30th until the vaccination program continues and we see better improvements in the economy,” said Colvin.

On Tuesday, the commission agreed to redistribute certain CARES Act dollars to areas where officials knew there was no other payment mechanism for the programs as officials continued to track potentially available federal and state funds.

Are you still working on a stimulus bill?

Joanna Jacob, the district’s government manager, said there were rumors that Congress could pass another stimulus bill to provide direct assistance to counties and cities, but she wasn’t sure where that read Tuesday.

Jacob also noted that last month’s budget will provide Nevada directly with money for issues crucial to the region, such as public and mental health, unemployment, food security, and broadband connectivity.

Meanwhile, commission chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said she had asked neighboring cities to cooperate Rental support by pooling money, and that North Las Vegas and Henderson have so far agreed.

“I’d bet across the country we were the most conservative with our dollars, but they went for the best,” said Kirkpatrick.

Contact Shea Johnson at sjohnson@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0272. consequences @Shea_LVRJ on twitter.

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