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Mayor Hogsett releases proposed use of coronavirus relief funds

The appropriation request will go before the city-county council Monday night.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett held a briefing on the proposed use of coronavirus relief funds received by the city as part of the CARES Act.

He said the city received about $168 million.

The appropriation request to go before the City-county Council Monday night will include about $76 million of that total.

The package includes $20 million for expanded testing and contact tracing for COVID-19 in Marion County.

It includes $15 million for rent relief for people whose livelihood was affected by COVID-19.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is committing up to $10 million for basic need components matching the city's plan. That money will be distributed through community centers. People in Marion County would be eligible for up to 90 days of back and future rent coverage.

Small business grants would receive an infusion of $5 million. That includes coverage of PPE for employees and businesses are eligible for up to $5,000.

There will also be a $2 million PPE reimbursement fund for non-profits.

The proposed use of those funds also includes face coverings for Marion County residents, technology to support and modernize government services, and investments in social service agencies providing rental assistance, addressing food insecurity, and helping neighbors experiencing homelessness.

The reason not all of the funds are being distributed is because the city does not know if additional funding will be coming later and is preparing itself for future needs.

You can see a complete list of how the funds will be distributed here:

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