City of Victorville Uses ARPA Funds To Establish $2M Recovery Program for Homeless Shelter & Housing Services Nonprofits
CITY OF VICTORVILLE USES ARPA FUNDS TO ESTABLISH $2M RECOVERY PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS SHELTER & HOUSING SERVICES NONPROFITS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2021
VICTORVILLE, Calif. – On Oct. 1, the City of Victorville will begin accepting applications for a new recovery program to help homeless shelter and housing nonprofits experiencing financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards of up to $100,000 per application will be offered through the Homeless Shelter and Housing Services Recovery Program. On Sept. 21, the Victorville City Council approved an allocation of $2 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to establish the new recovery program that is intended to help qualified nonprofits recover lost revenue and continue their homeless services in the Victorville community.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis through Nov. 30. To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization that provides temporary living arrangements for Victorville residents experiencing homelessness. Additionally, applicants must be able to show an ongoing financial need presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application and a full list of qualifications are available at VictorvilleCA.gov/nonprofithelp.
“We rely heavily on the beneficial services provided by our local nonprofit homeless providers,” said Victorville Mayor Debra Jones. “Unfortunately, COVID-19 has caused many of these agencies to experience a decrease in grant funding, donations and fundraising opportunities. We are very pleased to provide financial assistance so these agencies can continue their valuable service to our community.”
In March, the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill was signed into law. It included funds for municipal governments to promote local economic and health recovery. The City of Victorville is expected to receive $33.5 million in ARPA funds in two equal installments. The first installment was received this past June, and the second is expected to arrive in June 2022.
One of the City’s very first ARPA expenditures was the creation of the Utility Bill Assistance Program last July. With an expenditure of $1.4 million, the City helped nearly 2,000 Victorville residents who had fallen behind on their utility bill payments due to a COVID-related hardship. The City also used $2.46 million of its ARPA funds to order three Type 1 fire engines that are expected to arrive next fall.
Victorville’s ARPA allocation plan, approved by the Victorville City Council in July, includes five categories:
-Housing and Homelessness: $6 million
-Community Improvements: $9 million
-Broadband: $8 million
-Community & Small Business Recovery: $4 million
-Water/Sewer/Storm Drain: $6 million
-Water/Sewer/Storm Drain: $6 million
Located in Southern California at the high-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Victorville is the leading city for both industry and retail in the High Desert region. Victorville is a growing, vibrant community that is home to approximately 135,000 residents and some of the area’s largest employers. Clean air, abundant mountain vistas, family-friendly recreational activities, spectacular sunsets and breathtaking night skies entice locals and visitors alike to fall in love with this city that is within a few hours of SoCal beaches, National Parks, mountain retreats, and other major attractions. Ontario International Airport is less than an hour away. Learn more about the City of Victorville at VictorvilleCA.gov.
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