Mayor Garcia announces $40 Million relief package
Written by Gregory Johnson on July 7, 2020
The Mayor of Long Beach, California came away victorious as they fought for much needed support funds from the State, resulting in a $40 million relief package that included fainances for a variety of local entities including the ARts Council for Long Beach. Here’s the letter from Mayor Robert Garcia as he announced the victory:
Over the last few weeks, we led a coalition of big city mayors in a tough fight to ensure Long Beach would receive a $40 million relief package funded by the state. The funds are earmarked to assist residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. We also received $13 million from LA County to assist with our health response.
I want to thank Governor Gavin Newsom for his support and our local Long Beach delegation including State Senator Lena Gonzalez, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, and Supervisor Janice Hahn. We are in a critical moment in our city’s history and these resources will go a long way to support our community.
Our proposal for the state funds includes:
- $20 million for COVID-19 testing, which is critical to preventing community transmission of the virus.
- $2 million for emergency and transitional shelters for people experiencing homelessness who are vulnerable to COVID.
- $3.6 million to help small businesses comply with new physical changes to their businesses and to innovate spaces.
- $1 million for digital inclusion, to ensure Long Beach families have access to online services.
- $1.5 million to support arts organizations and the creative economy to provide economic relief.
- $1 million to create a Youth Ambassadors program and hire youth from across the city by partnering with local nonprofits and to provide training in health education.
- $1 million Black Health Equity initiative to support community work and break down racial inequity in our health systems.
- $1 million for community nonprofits who have health programs and are serving impacted communities.
- $1 million for our business improvement districts to support them and their work with small businesses.
- $500,000 for mental health and domestic violence providers who need additional support during this tough time for many folks.
- And additional funding for citywide and community health programs.
This funding will significantly help some of our most vulnerable neighbors and small businesses.
In addition, we are using the $13 million from LA County to directly support our COVID health partnerships and testing.
We will continue to fight and advocate for Long Beach.