By Catherine Reagor| April 02nd, 2020
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Arizona will get nearly $51 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to help low-income families and others hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal housing department is doling out $3 billion in total across the country.

Nearly two-thirds of the money, according to HUD, would go to:

  • Build medical facilities for testing and treatment.
  • Acquire hotels for COVID-19 victims to recover in.
  • Transform other buildings into clinics or treatment centers.
  • Support businesses manufacturing medical supplies.
  • Build group living facilities to centralize patients undergoing treatment.
  • Train health care workers.

The other third would go to:

  • Build or operate emergency shelters for the homeless.
  • Provide hotel vouchers to homeless families.
  • Provide childcare, education, health care and employment help to the homeless.
  • Prevent people from losing their homes.

Arizona’s share is split between 17 municipalities, mostly in metro Phoenix, three counties and the state. The city of Phoenix will receive the most — about $15 million.

The $3 billion in funding, part of of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by Congress last week, will be given to communities quickly, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Where the money will go in Arizona

Municipalities and the state are working on plans for the HUD funding.

  • Phoenix: $15.2 million.
  • State of Arizona: $11.8 million.
  • Tucson: $5.1 million.
  • Mesa: $3.5 million.
  • Maricopa County: $2.8 million.
  • Pima County: $2.6 million.
  • Glendale: $2.2 million.
  • Tempe: $1.6 million.
  • Pinal County: $1.1 million.
  • Chandler: $849,415.
  • Scottsdale: $709,218.
  • Gilbert: $568,026.
  • Yuma: $505,565.
  • Peoria: $487,712.
  • Avondale: $426,811.
  • Surprise: $382,317.
  • Flagstaff: $359,604.
  • Casa Grande: $256,448.
  • Sierra Vista: $159,897.
  • Prescott: $150,208.
  • Douglas: $101,580.

 Fast funding

HUD said the money will be funded quickly with little “red tape.”

“During this national emergency, HUD has taken quick action to help our country’s most vulnerable citizens and this additional support from Congress will help us continue to fulfill that mission,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

Reach the reporter at [email protected] or 602-444-8040. Follow her on Twitter @Catherinereagor.

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