Madison County is seeking public input for a Community Needs Assessment after being awarded $1.75 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.
Madison County residents, municipalities, townships, homeless providers, food pantries, healthcare providers, first responders, banking institutions, landlords, housing managers and others are encouraged to take a few moments to complete the assessment via survey monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/
The survey link will be open through 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Additional questions may be directed to [email protected].
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Madison County Community Development $1.75 million in CARES Act stimulus funding through the Community Development Block Grant- COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) program in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Madison County was notified in early April that it was awarded the $1.75 million in HUD funding as a result of the coronavirus relief legislation. Funds will be distributed throughout Madison County, Alton and Granite City and can be used for projects benefiting low to moderate-income people.
Community Development Administrator Trudy Bodenbach said at the direction of HUD that the first step in determining how the CDBG-CV funds are distributed starts with conducting a Community Needs Assessment.
“Once the Community Needs Assessment is completed, Community Development will be able to develop goals and objectives from which projects can be funded,” Bodenbach said.
Bodenbach said the grants committee would be working with the County Board to determine how the funds will be used.
“We will be required to follow specific guidelines on what and how the money can be used, including the types of projects,” Bodenbach said.
County Board member and grants committee chair David Michael said CDBG funding plays an instrumental role in advancing locally driven projects that create jobs and contribute to economic growth.
“I encourage municipal leaders and small business owners to go online and fill out the needs assessment,” Michael said. “This funding will go toward helping Madison County communities that are affected by this pandemic.”
The MCCD developed the Community Needs Assessment in response to hardships that are being experienced due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The assessment will focus on healthcare needs, public service needs as well as rent and mortgage assistance.