WHEREAS, like much of the world the United States, the State of Georgia, and the City of Atlanta are currently responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”); and
WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, the United States Senate unanimously passed (96-0) the
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”); and
WHEREAS, the CARES Act provides stimulus to individuals, businesses, and hospitals in response to the economic distress caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; and
WHEREAS, on March 27, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the CARES Act by voice
vote, and the President signed the bill into law that same day; and
WHEREAS, the CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund and appropriated $150 billion to the Fund; and
WHEREAS, on April 21, 2020, the City of Atlanta received $88,434,611.30 in Coronavirus Relief Funds; and
WHEREAS, the CARES Act provides that payments from the Fund may be used to cover necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency, were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020, and were incurred during the period that beings on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020; and
WHEREAS, funding from the CARES Act may be used for medical expenses, public health expenses, payroll expenses, actions to facilitate compliance with COVID-19-related public health measures, provision of economic support, and any other reasonable related expense; and
WHEREAS, in accordance with 20-O-1362, the City has allocated $22,000,000 for expenditures related to the consumer grant program to prevent eviction and assist in preventing homelessness; and
WHEREAS, these funds will be utilized to assist residential renters who have experienced a loss of income, with payment of their rent for up to three months; and
WHEREAS, the fund is expected to serve approximately 6,700 households with rental and utility assistance, with a maximum household limit of $1,000 a month for three months; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to 20-O-1362, the Atlanta City Council must approve, via resolution, a deployment plan for any funds allocated for rental assistance through the consumer grant program as set forth therein; and
WHEREAS, the City has chosen an entity to serve as central coordinator and administer the program, and has submitted its deployment plan; and
WHEREAS, it it is the desire of the Atlanta City Council to approve the deployment plan in accordance with the requirements of 20-O-1362.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, that the deployment plan for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act funds allocated for rental assistance through the consumer grant program as set forth in 20-O-1362, attached as Exhibit A, is hereby approved.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that all resolutions and parts of resolutions in conflict herewith, be and the same are hereby waived.