Maryland Lawmakers Announce Emergency Funding For Baltimore's Most Vulnerable
William Smink, WBFF (FOX)
On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along side Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume came together to announce $15.45 million in emergency federal funding to reimburse the delivery of essential goods and shelter to the city of Baltimore's most vulnerable residents.
The award serves as a total federal cost share reimbursement for services that Baltimore city provided to residents earlier in the pandemic.
"This federal funding will help the City of Baltimore continue to manage the pandemic-driven spike in food insecurity and homelessness – especially in low-income and minority communities, which have been disproportionately impacted by the virus,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland is committed to supporting local producers, distributors and community organizations that provide critical housing and nutrition assistance to keep residents safe and healthy as we continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic."
Funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.
The federal funds will go towards the following programs in the city:
- $11,296,701.04 to the Lord Baltimore Isolation and Quarantining Temporary Lodging
- $2,321,215 to Saval Foodservice, a company that was a participant in the Mixed Box Feeding Program, sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture.
- $1,827,306.49 to Baltimore's Eating Together Feeding Program.
The group of Maryland lawmakers announced more than $18 million to deliver essential goods, services and resources to seniors across the city amid the COVID-19 public health emergency.