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Congressman Young uses $3.5 Million in CARES Act funds for Alaska Native COVID response

Congressman Don Young Announces Over $3.5 Million in CARES Act Grants to Boost COVID-19 Housing Resiliency in Alaska Native Villages.
Congressman Don Young Announces Over $3.5 Million in CARES Act Grants to Boost COVID-19 Housing Resiliency in Alaska Native Villages.(KTVF)
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 4:39 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -

On Tuesday, Alaska Congressman Don Young announced over $3.5 Million in CARES Act funds will be used for four Alaska Native organizations for COVID-19 relief.

According to a press release, the funding comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Community Development Block Grant, made available by the CARES Act. The grant will be used to fund community development projects to prepare, prevent and respond to the pandemic.

The Circle Native Community, the Native Village of Tanacross, the Organized Village of Kake and the Organized Village of Saxman will each receive about $900,000 to address overcrowded shelters, homelessness, water infrastructure, and other projects.

“The truth is that Alaska Native villages, like other communities across our state, have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must ensure that our villages are properly prepared to prevent and respond to the threat posed by this virus. The funding announced today [Tues.] by the Department of Housing and Urban Development is welcome news for the grant recipients across our state,” said Congressman Don Young in the press release. “From renovating shelters to prevent overcrowding, upgrading water infrastructure, and building structures to assist those requiring self-quarantine, I am confident that these grants will help save lives and protect some of the most vulnerable in Alaska. I am proud to have supported the legislation authorizing these funds, and will continue working in Congress to ensure that Alaska Native villages come out of this stronger than ever.”

The complete press release can be found here.

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