ST. LOUIS COUNTY (March 27, 2020) – County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today that St. Louis County is expecting to receive millions in federal funding to help in its COVID-19 response.
Legislation passed by Congress, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security ("CARES") Act, will provide economic relief for individuals, businesses, and state and local governments. State governments will receive portions of a $150 billion total based on population.
Local governments with a population of over 500,000 residents, like St. Louis County, qualify to receive a portion of those funds directly from the federal government. Final figures are not yet available, but rough estimates based on population suggest that St. Louis County could receive far more than $100 million. Under the new federal law, all the funds must be spent in St. Louis County.
“We have been doing everything we can to limit the spread of COVID-19. This new funding will empower county government to do even more for the people of St. Louis County,” Dr. Page said. “I am grateful to the congressional delegation for the support they've provided in securing these funds for St. Louis County.”
“The CARES Act continues our effort to speed relief to Missouri families, small businesses, and health care providers,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. “This bill prioritizes resources for state and local response activities that will be critical in getting this pandemic under control. I will continue working with Dr. Page, Governor Parson, and local officials to make sure they have the federal support they need to protect the lives and livelihoods of people in our state.”
U.S. Senator Josh Hawley said the CARES Act will provide direct relief to families as well as the small business community in St. Louis County.
“This bill is a win for the workers and families who need help getting through this crisis. In the Senate, I fought for direct relief for those with the greatest need. Middle-income families will soon receive $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child – and lower-income Missourians will not be left out,” Senator Hawley said. “Small businesses will also get assistance in these hard times, allowing them to cover rent and keep their staff on payroll. This is a major step forward, and I am confident our nation will get through this and emerge stronger than ever.”
U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay said the CARES Act will help everyone in St. Louis County.
“This bill will save American lives, save American jobs and help small businesses keep their doors open,” Congressman Clay said. “I’m proud of the emergency housing priorities that my colleagues and I on the Financial Services Committee fought so hard to include in this bill. Including a temporary moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for homeowners with federally backed mortgages and renters in federally subsidized housing and $4 billion for Emergency grants for homelessness assistance.”
U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner said the financial package ensure funding is in place to continue St. Louis County’s aggressive efforts to curb COVI-19.
“The CARES Act will help Missourians get back to work, keep businesses open, and allow our economy to rebound,” Congresswoman Wagner said. “This legislation gives financial support directly to families and workers who need it most and provides assistance to struggling small businesses so they can keep their doors open and pay their employees. Our health care workers and first responders on the frontlines of this pandemic will also receive vital personal protective equipment and other resources to keep up the fight.”