CDBG-CV: Coronavirus Response Funding

We want to hear from you!   2020 Community Member Coronavirus Survey Available:

The City of Billings will receive Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support individuals and families in Billings. Activities must exclusively support coronavirus response, primarily benefit low-income individuals and families, and not duplicate local, state, or federal service or support. A survey has been designed to gather data to help determine priorities prior to allocating funding for a coordinated coronavirus response within the Billings community.

Please complete this survey by September 30, 2020. If you need assistance, please contact the City of Billings Community Development Division at (406) 657-8284.

             Coronavirus Survey

Status of the Coronavirus and Survey Results:

As of Monday, September 28th, Yellowstone County has 40 new cases, 943 active cases, and 3,242 total cases of COVID-19.1 Individuals aged 20-39 comprise 40% of the state’s positive test results.As shown by resident responses in the Coronavirus Survey to date, the majority of residents (65%) are reporting higher levels of stress as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 27% of respondents report inadequate access to mental health services in Billings. Listed below are a few resources intended to reduce stress and promote positive mental health practices:

  • YGBR Connect: Connect with trained mental health professionals to receive guidance, referrals, and crisis management support. Many services require no payment. Call (406) 350-7650.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Speak with trusted crisis counselors about your experiences with the pandemic. This line is toll-free, multilingual, and confidential. Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • NAMI Billings: Offers free support groups twice a week via Zoom. Available to anyone experiencing or recovering from a mental health condition. Call (406) 256-2001.
  1. https://montana.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=7c34f3412536439491adcc2103421d4b
  2. https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt/demographics

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Overview

In April 2020, the City of Billings was awarded $909,126 in CARES Act funding (CDBG-CV) to support coronavirus and other infectious disease response for low income individuals and families in Billings. There are many competing interests relative to accessing this funding source, although the City has not received and processed necessary HUD regulatory guidance to move forward with a funding allocation to a specific agency. 

The City is required to coordinate with state and local health authorities before undertaking any activity to support state or local pandemic / infectious disease response. Activities must:

  • Exclusively support coronavirus and other infectious disease response.
  • Primarily benefit low income individuals and families in Billings. Extensive documentation relative to the impact of pandemic response activities for low income beneficiaries, including complete demographics, is required.
  • Avoid duplication of other local, state, or federal service or support to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. 

Allocation Process

Throughout the summer of 2020, City staff will be soliciting input and public comment via survey instruments and other communication forums to garner data and information to conduct a needs assessment relative to coronavirus / infectious disease response. Outreach efforts will follow the City’s Consolidated Planning process www.BillingsMT.gov/conplan.  CDBGcvProcess

Eligible Activities

Based on priorities identified through the needs assessment, the City may allocate funding for the following activities / projects: CDBGcvActivities

Housing Development

Organizations seeking funding for housing development should refer to the Affordable Housing Development program to request a CDBG or HOME funding allocation at www.BillingsMT.gov/chdo.