NEW ALBANY — Feeding schoolchildren, aiding families with utility bills and assisting local businesses in adapting to the changing marketplace are the three ways the New Albany Redevelopment Commission decided Tuesday to spend some of its federal COVID-19 funding.
New Albany was awarded $396,000 in additional Community Development Block Grant funds. The federal money is designated for COVID-19 expenses, and the commission amended its CDBG plan by a unanimous vote to provide $100,000 to the New Albany Township Trustee’s office, $35,000 for Blessings in a Backpack and to partner with the Purdue University Center for Regional Development on an economic gardening initiative.
Township trustees assist those in need with basic necessities, and New Albany Redevelopment Director Josh Staten said the $100,000 will be earmarked for utility and internet bills. With people working from home and schools using virtual learning, access to internet is important, Staten said, which is why it