NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Millions of dollars will now be available to help people who are suffering financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Metro Council members signed off on $10 million in federal funds to help people with rent, mortgage and utilities payments. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act. It will be distributed through the United Way of Greater Nashville.
Each applicant will have to go through a screening process and provide proof of need before they can get financial assistance. Metro Council members who supported the measure said they hoped this would ensure the money will go to people who need it most. The process will begin as soon as next month.
A nine person COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee is overseeing the distribution of $121 million in federal funds.
Metro Council members also approved a resolution that provides $1.2 million in federal COVID -19 relief funds to various non-profit organizations. Council Member Bob Mendes, who sponsored the resolution, said this would ensure the groups would receive the same amount of funding as they did in the last fiscal year.