The coronavirus crisis 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 have been fighting to survive in the pandemic, amid state and county regulations and the constantly fluctuating requirements and closures.
Anaheim is proud to say that we've been here to help. Amid the challenging times of the past year and a half, we've dedicated more than $72 million in assistance directly helping our community.
The Anaheim City Council allocated millions in spending for community and economic relief, called the Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan, starting in mid-2020. And we continued to expand offerings to the community with new funding sources.
These relief efforts were originally funded by $33 million allocated to Anaheim from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.
Anaheim also aggressively pursued and secured additional state and federal grant funding to pass on to those who need help.
Below find a summary of how we allocated the $72.2 million to our community.
Anaheim has led the way, supporting the county of Orange, the state and the federal government's efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the community.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue was instrumental in standing up and leading PODs, or points of dispensing, in our city. We provided additional city staff and financial and logistical support for the Anaheim POD at Disneyland and the Super POD at Anaheim Convention Center, now closed.
We continue to support mobile vaccine sites in our neighborhoods. Learn more about vaccines here.
Anaheim also implemented a moratoriumon commercial and residential evictions.
Building on Anaheim's ongoing efforts to address homelessness, we 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.
Anaheim dedicated resources to help those in need of housing or supportive services.
We allocated $1.7 million in grant money to help residents with housing vouchers and other assistance.
We allocated $1.2 million to help Anaheim workers who lost their jobs or had reduced hours due to the coronavirus crisis.
This included reemploying laid-off workers as well as training and education.
We purchased 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, 2020, we served more than 2,250 Anaheim families and handed out 90,500 masks.
In addition, we allocated money toward COVID-19 testing sites in Anaheim, including a testing super site at the Anaheim Convention Center.
We allocated $3 million to help struggling families, small businesses and nonprofits keep things running by providing assistance with utility bills and a rebate for home internet access.
Internet Access Rebate Program
Utility bill assistance
Emergency Small Business Assistance
We 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 push forward with our economic 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 hereto view our agreement with Visit Anaheim.
Anaheim distributed $10,000 grants directly to hundreds of small businesses struggling amid the economic impacts of the pandemic. We're helping additional businesses with funding provided by the county. Learn more.