Ellen F. Robertson
Passion - Experience - Leadership
Build a better city for a better tomorrow
6th District Buzz
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Resources for COVID-19
Here are additional resources for those affected by the COVID-19:
Local resources can be found at richmondgov.com, including public health information, support for small businesses, and updates on services and closures.
Visit publichealth.va.gov of updates, information, and actions taken by Commonwealth of Virginia.
Food assistance is available for those who qualify, and Virginians can also find information on meal services for children by texting “food” or “comida” to 877-877.
Information and updates for students and parents from RPS can be found at rvaschools.net, including the availability of meals for children.
Unemployment information is on the Virginia Employment Commission website at vec.virginia.gov.
Advice for managing stress, anxiety, and mental health during the outbreak is available from the CDC at cdc.gov.
Small Business Administration loan information for businesses affected by the outbreak. Small businesses in Richmond are all eligible for disaster loans. More information at sba.gov.
Loan and debt relief resources for students is available through the Department of Education at ed.gov.
Visit the State Department at state.gov for travel guidance, including a Level 4 “Do Not Travel” Global Health Advisory.
City Council met to discuss the American Rescue Act Funds (ARPA). As a part of this meeting, I included g your feedback, from our district engagement sessions and personal conversations that I've had with many, for recommendations on how we should use the funds.
The ARPA funding is an exciting opportunity to invest in the community. The ARPA funds are not just a $350 billion lifeline; they represent the largest positive fiscal jolt to our budgets in decades, and there seems to be great unity in support of our response to embody our collective exhaustion and various views about the best road to recovery. The decisions made in the coming weeks— and over the next year regarding the funding—will determine whether we merely enjoy a brief stimulus in Richmond or seed a new trajectory of inclusive economic growth.
Beyond helping communities, I understand that your voice must be heard in the process of making final determinations. The stakes are high. With the American Rescue Plan, we have a unique chance to bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic and bolster Richmond.
We must use the funds to stabilize our economic slowdown, strategize by prioritizing what's most important and including inclusivity and focus on future prosperity and organize to create strategic investments and set goals and track the results.
Also, Governor Ralph Northam announced his first American Rescue Plan funding budget proposal today for $353 million to help the recovery of small businesses and tourism. The proposed distribution for the project is $250 million for the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund, $50 million for Virginia Tourism Corporation initiatives and $53 million for other small businesses including the Industrial Revitalization Fund and Virginia Main Street program. Virginia has $4.3 billion in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan that is meant to aid Virginia’s recovery from the pandemic by allocating the funds to the various projects.
I will continue to communicate feedback upwards on what is working and what is not. I will keep you posted on how we stabilize our City and how we strategize together to invest in future prosperity for an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ellen F. Robertson