FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2020
Contact: Jennifer Toney, Grants Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
City Launches COVID-19 Direct Aid to Residents Program
BLOOMINGTON, IL- The City of Bloomington is now accepting applications for its COVID-19 Direct Aid to Residents program. Eligible applicants must reside within the corporate city limits of Bloomington and have a documented crisis related to COVID-19 occurring on or after March 17, 2020. Financial assistance is available to help with rent, mortgage, utilities, health care expenses, and childcare. Assistance payments will be made directly to the provider and will not exceed three months of assistance. Maximum assistance is $1,000 per month or $3,000 total, whichever is less. Assistance may be combined with funding from the City's local Housing Assistance Coalition partners to the maximum allowable benefits and ensure there is no duplication of benefits.
Residents requesting assistance must submit a complete application with all required backup documentation to verify identity, residency, income, and crisis. City staff is available at the exterior walk-up window at Grossinger Motors Arena (Front & Madison) to accept application submissions and make photocopies of backup documents, if necessary. Residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 to start the referral process. However, applications are available online at www.cityblm.org and in-person at the Arena in English, French, and Spanish and can be submitted using one of these methods:
City of Bloomington
109 E. Olive St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Attn: COVID-19 Assistance
City of Bloomington
Exterior Walk Up Window
Grossinger Motors Arena
(Corner of Front and Madison)
This program is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant. In addition to its annual funding allocation, the City received supplemental funding to address emergent needs arising from the pandemic. In total, the City has dedicated $420,000 to support residents and businesses. The anticipated launch date for the business aid program is mid-July.