County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to direct the chief administrative officer to present guidance on future federal or state funding to help those impacted by COVID-19.
CAO Helen Robbins-Meyer will also commission an independent review on how services are provided those impacted by the pandemic currently staying in hotels as part of a temporary housing program. She will update the board at a future meeting, although no date was set.
Supervisors voted after hearing a regular update on the county’s efforts to combat the virus.
If Congress passes the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the county could receive up to $652 million, said Andy Pease, executive finance director with the Health and Human Services Agency.
Supervisor Nora Vargas said that in terms of federal funding, one recent study found that top priorities for impacted communities include access to food, rental assistance, utility assistance, and help with unemployment and funeral costs, care for those suffering long-term health effects from COVID-19 and more protective gear for social workers.
“I really believe that providing direct monetary assistance to families may be the best approach,” said Vargas, who asked Helen-Robbins Meyer to conduct a workshop with community leaders on funding uses.
— City News Service contributed to this article