CARES Act

New Housing Assistance Available For 61016 Residents

Sep 18, 2020
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There’s a new housing rental assistance program available in areas around Cherry Valley.

 

 

 

 

The Community Action Agency announced housing assistance funds are available to those who experienced hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. $69,000 dollars will go to residents in the 61016 zip code for immediate use, which the state health department has deemed as especially impacted by the pandemic. 

 

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday that about $270 million of Illinois’ share from the federal CARES Act will go towards the Child Care Restoration Grants Program.

The goal of the program is to get child care services up and running as the state reopens so that more people can return to work. Pritzker said feedback from providers intending to apply is an important part of the program's development.

Political partisanship remains an obstacle to further economic aid during the coronavirus pandemic.

That’s according to Northern Illinois University Professor of Economics Carl Campbell.  He said assistance programs started out smoothly, but the climate in Washington has changed.

“I think there’s been a lot of partisan disagreement lately that’s basically made it harder for the government to do anything that will help the situation," he said. "I think there’s too much disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over which sectors are most deserving of funds.” 

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Illinois U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos is pushing for expansion of health insurance enrollment during the Covid-19 pandemic. She made the comment after leaving a House hearing Wednesday regarding the successor to the CARES Act.

“I believe it’s shortsighted of the Trump administration not to reopen the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act when we’re in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.” 

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Chicago Rockford International Airport has received $18.6 million in grant money from the federal CARES Act. Much of the money will be put toward operational expenses during the pandemic. Zack Oakley is Deputy Director of Operations and Planning for the airport. He said, with reduced passenger service, the airport is facing financial stress. 

"It’s not just the landing fee, but the parking and concession fees, rental car fees. There’s a lot of revenue that’s created based off passengers. Off cargo, our biggest generation is just the landing fee of the aircraft." 

Governors from nearly every Midwestern state are collaborating on when and how to reopen the regional economy once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. Meanwhile, Illinois saw its highest one-day death toll, and new jobless claims continue to flood the state system responsible for handling them.