The coronavirus crisis has hit all parts of our community, with many residents struggling with lost work and wages, other financial burdens, mental and physical health challenges, and for some, sadly, the loss of loved ones to COVID-19.
And Anaheim businesses are fighting to survive amid state and county regulations and the constantly fluctuating requirements and closures from the state's stay-at-home order.
Anaheim is here to help. Amid these challenging times, we've dedicated nearly $36 million in assistance directly helping our community.
The Anaheim City Council has allocated $20 million in spending for community and economic relief, called the Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan. The money comes from $33 million in federal funding allocated to Anaheim from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.
Anaheim has also aggressively pursued and secured more than $15.6 million in additional state and federal grant funding to pass on to those who need help.
Below find a summary of how we've allocated the $35.6 million to our community.
Find more detail in our fact sheet here.
Building on Anaheim's ongoing efforts to address homelessness, we've stepped up with additional assistance during the coronavirus crisis for some of the most vulnerable in our community.
We rented out a motel in Anaheim to help isolate those who are high risk in our shelters, and contracted with City Net, Salvation Army and Illumination Foundation to operate 39 camper trailers provided by the state for quarantining.
We also opened an additional interim emergency shelter at the Salvation Army's thrift store for additional beds for homeless women.
In May, Anaheim launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which offered up to $2,100 per household to renters struggling to pay because of lost income due to the coronavirus crisis.
We received nearly 900 applications in the first round. We plan to reopen applications and expand the program with additional funding in coming months.
Anaheim also implemented a moratorium on commercial and residential evictions.
Anaheim has partnered with the nonprofit Anaheim Community Foundation to distribute $3 million in grants to local nonprofits to provide direct assistance to families, seniors and others in the community.
Sixty-four nonprofits have used the money to help nearly 200,000 people with food, household supplies, diapers, face masks, sanitizer and more.
Click here to view our agreement with ACF.
Anaheim has dedicated resources to help those in need of housing or supportive services.
We've allocated $1.7 million in grant money to help residents with housing vouchers and other assistance.
We've allocated $1.2 million to help Anaheim workers who've lost their jobs or had reduced hours due to the coronavirus crisis.
This includes reemploying laid-off workers as well as training and education.
We're purchasing face masks and other personal protective equipment for residents and businesses to better stem the spread of the virus in our community.
At our three drive-thru mask giveaway events in September, we served more than 2,250 Anaheim families and handed out 90,500 masks.
In addition, we're allocating money toward COVID-19 testing sites in Anaheim, including our testing super site at the Anaheim Convention Center. The site offers tests at no cost to Anaheim residents.
Anaheim is allocating $1 million to the Internet Access Rebate Program for residents who have been impacted by coronavirus and are working or learning from home.
Residents can get up to $120 in a rebate for their home internet service.
Find out more here.
We've allocated $6.5 million in federal coronavirus assistance dollars to Visit Anaheim, which books events at the Anaheim Convention Center and promotes Anaheim as a place to visit.
As we begin a gradual recovery here in Anaheim, revenues generated by visitors to our city will be critical in helping us provide essential services to residents such as parks, public safety, community centers, libraries and more.
Click here to view our agreement with Visit Anaheim.
Anaheim is distributing $10,000 grants directly to 200 small businesses struggling amid the economic impacts and state restrictions in the pandemic. We're helping additional businesses with funding provided by the county for small business grants.
Another $1 million is going to grants for businesses to set up outdoor space and a shop and dine local marketing program through the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce for this program.