Indio council mulls funding for rental assistance, business grants

Indio council mulls funding for rental assistance, business grants

Indio council mulls funding for rental assistance, business grants

The Indio City Council took a step forward Wednesday night as it considers allocating funds to help members of the public pay their delinquent water bills, and to finance rental assistance and business assistance grants for qualifying applicants affected by the state’s ongoing COVID-19 shutdown orders. 

Funding for the first two proposed programs would come from the Community Development Block Grant program and the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). If approved by the Indio council,$110,000 would go toward the abatement of delinquent water bills from Indio Water Authority, and $645,754 would go toward rental assistance.

A separate $645,754, which would come from “unassigned, unallocated” money in the city’s general fund, is proposed to be put toward business grants.

“We have consensus of the majority of the council that we would like to move forward on these three items,” said Mayor Elaine Holmes in Wednesday’s council meeting. “I think time is of the essence, but certainly within the constraints that we have.”

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