Arkansas was awarded $8.1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding recently to support the prevention, preparation and response to the coronavirus pandemic.


U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—applauded on Wednesday the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for awarding the state’s funding.


“This funding provides additional relief to the state and local governments as they respond to the increasing needs of communities during this pandemic. These resources will help better serve Arkansans in need,” members said in a joint news release.


The funding is part of a nationwide $5 billion disbursement in housing and economic development funds allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which became law with the support of the Arkansas delegation.


Last month HUD awarded Arkansas more than $28 million in CARES Act funding.