Testing kits, hospital supplies, office renovations, hot meals, emergency housing and school laptops were among the items purchased by Riverside County with $538 million in federal relief funding against coronaviruses.
A Tuesday, June 28 agenda report from the board of oversight outlines how the county used its allocation of CARES Act money. The funding, approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in March 2020, was part of a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill that came at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. United.
As the 10th most populous county in America, Riverside County received $431 million directly from the CARES Act. Another $56 million was channeled through the state and $51 million came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Here’s a breakdown of how the $531 million was spent:
- The biggest chunk — $376.4 million or about 70% — went to what the county calls “response and preparedness.” spending on contact tracing, renovating county buildings for social distancing and 1.3 million meals for seniors provided by restaurants through the Great Plates program. The category also includes $7 million for Project Roomkey, which paid for emergency housing for more than 900 homeless people, about a third of whom later moved into permanent housing.
- $54.7 million — 10% — went to “housing and workforce solutions.” This includes $30 million to help more than 5,700 households avoid eviction and $11 million to help children learn remotely, including the purchase of laptops and internet hotspots.
- $53.6 million – 10% – went to “business and community services”. Most of these measures have helped struggling small businesses stay open. More than 5,000 businesses have received grants through this effort.
- $31 million – 6% – paid for the costs of equipment, training, testing and cleaning in congregate care settings such as nursing homes.
- $22.7 million – 4% – supported 17 acute care hospitals in the county.
The county spent all of its CARES law money. But he is receiving $479 million from the second round of federal COVID-19 relief known as the US Bailout. In general, the county plans to use that money for one-time expenses and construction projects and not for current spending in the new budget, which takes effect July 1.
As of Monday, June 27, Riverside County has recorded more than 632,000 cases of COVID-19. More than 6,500 county residents have died from the virus. About 59% of county residents have received two doses of the vaccine and 29% have received boosters.