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Edmonds announces roll-out of COVID relief grants to residents | City Briefs

 

Last updated 10/6/2021 at 8:05pm

After a successful program last year, using federal CARES Act funds, the City of Edmonds is now rolling out a new Household Support Grant program funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act, as enacted locally as part of the Edmonds Rescue Plan Fund approved by City Council in July.

"We have a proven track record of getting our pandemic-relief funds out quickly to those in need, and I'm excited that we can once again get grants out to our residents this year and moving forward through 2024," said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson.

"The Edmonds Rescue Plan Fund will provide almost $12 million to help our community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn, as well as fund community infrastructure projects."

Households and individuals earning no more than 40% of the Edmonds median income will qualify for grants of up to $2,500 for household expenses such as rent, utility bills, childcare, medical bills, groceries, gas, car repair bills.

Qualifying criteria include individuals and households with an annual income no more than:

5-person household: $45,217

4-person household: $42,098

3-person household: $38,980

2-person household: $35,313

1-person household: $31,782

To apply: http://www.edmondswa.gov/HHgrants.

Applications will be received on an ongoing basis, with grants awarded continuously for the rest of the year.

The City has engaged the services of two Edmonds-area, nonprofit, social-service agencies to administer the grant-disbursement program: Washington Kids in Transition, which helped Edmonds with a similar program in 2020, and Communities of Color Coalition, who has been assisting Volunteer of America with disbursement of rental assistance grants from Snohomish County.

Diversity Commission seeks 3 members for 3-year terms

The Edmonds Diversity Commission is seeking three new members interested in working on issues, programs, and activities associated with the changing demographics of the community and enhancing an environment of mutual respect and understanding.

The terms begin Jan. 1 and last for three years.

The deadline is noon Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Applicants must live Edmonds city limits and have the time to commit to once-monthly meetings, occasional evening or weekend sponsored events, plus occasional subgroup meetings.

Application, information: [email protected], 425-775-7724.

 

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