The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced today that it will receive $13.6 million in Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. 

The CDBG funds are part of over $57.7 million of HUD grants allocated to the State and individual communities. In addition to CDBG, the grants also include $19 million for the Emergency Solutions Grant program and $720,000 for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program. The State’s $13.6 million CDBG allocation will be allocated to non-entitlement areas across the state, which include incorporated municipalities under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 in population, according to the economic development department’s release on Monday. 

“We greatly appreciate this timely allocation from HUD,” said Rob Dixon, Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “These funds will go a long way in bringing relief as we continue to work to fight COVID-19.”

According to the department’s release, the CDBG funds will be awarded to projects to repurpose buildings into patient treatment centers, provide supplies such as ventilators and personal protective equipment, support businesses that manufacture medical supplies as well as train health care workers for the frostlines of COVID-19 response.

For more information on the statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://ded.mo.gov/coronavirus.