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Commission approves $71.5 million grant for COVID recovery services

ByChad J. Johnson

Dec 21, 2021

Following an extensive process of reviewing public comments and requests, the Clark County Commission approved $71.5 million in grants to local agencies and non-profit organizations providing services to families, children, seniors and disproportionately affected communities struggling to overcome the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants, part of $440 million in fiscal stimulus funding given to Clark County through the American Rescue Plan Act, will be distributed to a variety of local agencies and nonprofit groups providing services to help support the community to fully recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic, including public health, housing support, food assistance, education and healthy environment services for children. Services will benefit the elderly, youth, veterans, and disproportionately affected urban and rural communities.

“Our community can be proud of the tremendous work we have done to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19,” said Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “Our goal now is to use the funding we have received from the federal government to build a strong and equitable recovery in our community and to break down any barriers that are preventing people from getting back on their feet.”

County commissioners held a series of neighborhood meetings to gather public input on impacts experienced during the pandemic and barriers to recovery, particularly among hard-hit populations. The commission has developed a three-phase approach to distributing funds based on immediate, short-term and long-term investments to help the community recover from the pandemic. The grants approved today are for programs for seniors, youth, veterans, and low-income households in Southern Nevada who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

“Communities of color and people living in low-income neighborhoods have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in terms of economic fallout as well as workloads,” said County Commission Vice Chairman Jim Gibson. from Clark. “Many of those who were struggling before the pandemic are suffering even more now. This funding is designed to help us address some of the critical needs in our community that are preventing people from improving their lives, including affordable housing, health care and mental health services.

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11and-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 9 of the nationand– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.