How Should Mecklenburg County Spend $ 215 Million in COVID-19 Relief Fund? – WSOC TV

How Should Mecklenburg County Spend $ 215 Million in COVID-19 Relief Fund?  – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE – Mecklenburg County has $ 215 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding that leaders are looking to spend. The commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday night to ask where they should go. The funds are to be allocated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026.

“Tonight, we are asking the public how and where the county’s $ 215 million in US bailout funds should be spent, County Director Dena Diorio said.

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Following the accusation, dozens of people pleaded with county commissioners to have their cause or organization considered for funding. NAACP President Corine Mack called on leaders to devote funds to people who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

“Because we know that COVID-19 has had a negative effect on people of color, in particular, it’s important that we elevate these communities,” Mack said.

Another major concern is food insecurity. Channel 9 has covered plenty of food giveaways with dozens if not hundreds of people lining up for free groceries and merchandise. Loaves and Fishes representatives told Commissioners the need was still there.

“The economic recovery is slow and unfortunately there is no vaccine for it,” Tina Postel said.

Restaurant and bar owners have asked Commissioners to keep in mind that many of their businesses are still struggling and bouncing back will not be easy.

“Help existing employers keep the lights on,” said restaurant owner Anthony Keary.

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“While you are figuring out where to put some of these allocated funds, don’t forget the restaurants and bars that have been hurt and crushed by this,” said bar owner Johnny Martin.

The county already has funds distributed.

In August, commissioners approved spending of more than $ 11 million for a new pedestrian bridge on the Blue Line and Norfolk Southern tracks in northeast Charlotte. It will link the Eastway Recreation Center to the Northeast Community Resource Center. The resource center is currently under construction and is located near Hidden Valley, a neighborhood where residents are asking the county to invest with this funding.

(Watch the video below: some say access to the recreation center is in Charlotte is problematic)

“Please don’t overlook Hidden Valley,” said resident Charlene Henderson.

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