Ongoing Coronavirus Recovery
As the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States expands daily, case numbers decline, businesses reopen, and communities return to a sense of normalcy, lasting effects of the pandemic remain. The pandemic highlighted and exacerbated existing inequity for LMI families and people of color. The pandemic also revealed societal vulnerability to highly contagious viruses. Grantees should consider how to use CDBG-CV to address longer term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and foster more resilient communities in the future. Examples of potential activities to consider include:
- Education programs targeted to students from LMI families who may have fallen behind in their education as a result of the pandemic due to absenteeism, inadequate internet access, or other lack of other support for remote learning.
- Job training programs to support career changes for LMI individuals who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.
- Housing counseling and credit repair services for LMI individuals who lost income and whose credit scores and/or rental history were negatively impacted.
- Broadband infrastructure projects to expand high speed internet access to LMI communities.
- Public facility improvements to enhance ventilation and create other protections against contagious airborne viruses.