Linn supervisors allocate $ 1 million in federal pandemic funds for home repairs


The funds will go to the PATCH program in four installments of $ 250,000

Linn supervisors allocate $ 1 million in federal pandemic funds for home repairs

In April, PATCH volunteers put plywood on shattered porch windows at a home in southeast Cedar Rapids. Linn County supervisors on Wednesday decided it would donate $ 1 million to the program, which is helping residents recover from damage caused by the August 2020 derecho. (The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Linn County supervisors on Wednesday decided to donate $ 1 million in federal pandemic funds to the PATCH housing program.

The money – from the American Rescue Plan Act (or ARPA) – will be paid in four installments of $ 250,000.

“The PATCH program has demonstrated its immense value and has proven to be a necessary program for our community,” said Chair Supervisor Stacey Walker.

The PATCH program (Provide Assistance to Community Homeowners) was created after the 2020 derecho to help low to moderate income homeowners repair storm damage. It offers forgivable loans of up to $ 15,000, and no credit check is required to qualify.

The Linn County Housing Fund and the East Central Iowa Council of Governments will handle money requests from homeowners and organizations.

Last month, the County and City of Cedar Rapids launched an online request for proposals – cr-linnarpa.org – for a share of ARPA funds. The deadline to apply is January 7th.

Linn County will receive $ 44 million in ARPA funds and allocate approximately $ 11 million in its first round of funding. Cedar Rapids is receiving $ 28 million and committing $ 3 million of ARPA funds to this first round of funding.

Entities eligible for funding include nonprofits, businesses, cities, schools, and county departments. Nonprofit organizations with a religious affiliation must serve the general public to be eligible.

All grant recipients must have a Federal Government ID, or SAM number, at the time of grant award to receive federal funding, although this is not required to submit an application. Entities without a SAM number can visit sam.gov for more information.

Linn County recently said it would spend $ 395,000 in the pandemic fund to purchase a 16,200 square foot building in southwest Cedar Rapids to use as a permanent shelter for the homeless in the winter.

Cedar Rapids is spending $ 10 million of its federal pandemic money to fight flooding on the West Side.

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