York County, city receive $2.8 million in grants for coronavirus relief

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

York County and York City will receive nearly $3 million in grant funding from the federal government to support public infrastructure, affordable housing and other public services during the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced last week.

The county was awarded $1.3 million from the Community Development Block Grant program and about $641,000 from the Emergency Solutions Grants program.

York City was awarded about $890,000 from the CDBG program.

York City Mayor Michael Helfrich said Thursday that usually, the city would know exactly how to spend grant money because the administration applies for grants for specific projects, and the details are outlined ahead of time.

The city is waiting for comprehensive instructions from the government about how the grant money can be used, he said.

"We’re going to have to sit down and figure out how best to use this for the benefit of the residents of York City," Helfrich said.

A for sale sign in the window of an empty home on Copperwood Court in West Manchester Township, Showings and open house events for real estate sales have been cancelled due to the pandemic while home buying is showing a downward trend, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

York County officials said generally they hope to use the funds to stabilize the local economy and address housing needs.

The funding is part of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump last week.

"CDBG plays an instrumental role in advancing locally driven projects that create jobs and contribute to economic growth, and the funding is as important as ever as our nation battles this pandemic," Casey, D-Pa., stated in a news release Wednesday.

Pennsylvania was awarded $171 million overall, Casey stated.

As of Tuesday, there were 14,559 cases of the novel coronavirus in Pennsylvania, and 240 deaths attributed to the virus, according to the state Department of Health.

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