If you are following the news regarding the “Do Not Use” order for Lake Jackson residents related to the discovery of the Naegleria fowleri in that city’s drinking water system, it’s understandable to have questions about the safety of our local drinking water. Below are some facts about this specific amoeba, as well as what the cities of Bryan and College Station are doing to ensure the safety of your water supply.
Several new assistance programs will soon be available through the City of Bryan’s Community Development Department to help individuals and businesses with COVID-19 relief.
At their May 18 meeting, the Bryan City Council approved the reallocation of grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development toward two new programs:
- $150,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds were repurposed from homeowner housing assistance for a small business economic development grant program to provide Bryan businesses affected by the pandemic with working capital necessary to retain low- to moderate-income employees’ jobs.
- $75,000 in Home Investment Partnership Program funds were reallocated to the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance program to benefit low-income tenants.
Additionally, the City Council approved the use of supplementary CDBG CARES funding to provide an additional $364,405 for small business economic development grants and $148,459 for public service agencies to provide direct relief services to benefit low- and moderate-income households.
Application and funding details for these programs will be available approximately June 1, 2020 on the Community Development website.