U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) today announced that Shreveport and Bossier City will receive a total of more than $2 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to combat COVID-19. The funds were made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was unanimously approved by Congress last week.
The majority of the funds – $1.1 million for Shreveport and $317,000 for Bossier City – will be awarded in the form of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). These grants can used for a variety of activities aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, including constructing testing or treatment facilities, converting buildings to accommodate patients, and expanding local businesses’ capacity to manufacture medical supplies.
The remaining $564,000 will go to support Shreveport’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus among the homeless population and to help reduce increases in homelessness due to financial distress.
“I’m encouraged to the see the resources we’ve been fighting so hard for in Washington finally getting into the hands of Louisianians. These funds will empower our local officials, businesses, and nonprofits to expand their already heroic efforts to support our health care providers and communities during this pandemic. My thanks to the Trump administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for their support in our state’s ongoing fight against the coronavirus.”