Gov. John Bel Edwards announced more than $970,000 is going to towns in Red River Parish. It is our portion of the $315 million in federal coronavirus relief aid will be allocated to 290 Louisiana towns and cities under the American Rescue Plan. The money is to help our towns respond to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency and support economic recovery.
Each town will get two portions of the total funds. Coushatta will receive $660,926.19. Hall Summit will receive $106,147.63. And Martin will receive $204,898.21. That comes to a total of $971,972.03 that will be provided in two installments to towns in the parish.
Governor Edwards said, “The American Rescue Plan provided vital aid for communities large and small all across Louisiana that are still working to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will work at the state level to support these communities.” He added, “This funding will provide a much-needed economic boost to Louisiana, and I am deeply grateful to the Congress and to President Biden’s administration for continuing to support state and local government during this unprecedented recovery.”
The funding is divided among the 290 municipalities and localities in Louisiana that did not get direct allocations in the American Rescue Plan, because of their size. Larger communities, including Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Houma, Jefferson Parish, Kenner, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport, Slidell, St. Tammany Parish and Thibodaux, are not funded through this program.
Funding is allocated based on a community’s population and will be delivered in two allocations of funding – one in June 2021 and one in June 2022, or possibly later. The program is administered by Louisiana’s Division of Administration in compliance with federal guidance.
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