Hogsett plans to spend $76M to help residents, businesses, government agencies affected by virus

Mayor Joe Hogsett announced on a video call Monday that he will ask the City-County Council to approve $76 million spending for virus relief.

Mayor Joe Hogsett’s administration is seeking to immediately deploy nearly half of the $168 million it has received in federal coronavirus relief funds to help residents and businesses that have been affected by the pandemic and subsequent shutdowns.

The administration will introduce the plan to spend $76 million—in the form of fiscal ordinances—to the Indianapolis City-County Council at a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday night.

The proposal includes $20 million for contact tracing and virus testing and $15 million for rental assistance to needy residents. It would also pay for masks for people who need them, provide personal protection equipment and grants for small businesses; and grants for not-for-profits that need PPE.

The plan also includes spending on technology and government expenses related to the virus.

At this point, however, the city is holding back a larger portion of the federal funding, in hopes Congress will allow cities to use some of the money to shore up budgets that will be hit hard by the pandemic in the next year or two.

“I’ll admit that sounds like a lot of money, and it is,” Hogsett said in a media briefing on the proposal Monday morning. “It is clear these dollars will be helpful but not sufficient.”

Hogsett said his administration continues to talk with Indiana’s congressional delegation about needs the city will have in future years because of hits the budget will take to a variety of funds.

Here’s how the Hogsett administration’s spending proposal breaks down:

Coronavirus Relief Fund FEMA Funding
Public Health Investments
Contact Tracing and Testing $20,000,000
Purchase and Distribution of Cloth Face Masks $3,000,000
Face Covering Public Awareness Campaign (Partnership with Arts Council) $20,000
Social Service Investments
Rental Assistance $15,000,000
Meal Deliveries for Homeless Neighbors $49,725
Support to Food Agencies $1,826,000
Food Home Delivery project $450,000 $750,000
Hotel Housing for Shelter Social Distancing $1,800,000
At-Risk Homeless Hotel Housing $398,275
Nonprofit PPE Grants $2,000,000
Economic and Small Business Recovery
Rapid Re-Employment Hub $1,050,000
Adult Basic Education $1,500,000
RESTART Grants $5,000,000
Music Cities Strategy Recovery Program $125,000
Street Modifications for Expanded Outdoor Seating $350,000
Participation in State Small Business Program $5,000,000
Technology and Government Expenses
Public Safety Overtime $3,200,000
Local Units Coronavirus Relief Allocations $2,000,000
Technology – Desktop Replacement $3,600,000
Technology – Remote Collaboration Tools $550,000
Cloud Hosted Phone System & Cloud Call Center Implementation $5,550,000
Technology – Modernize 311 $536,363
Technology – Implement Grants Management Solution $350,000
Technology – Remote Court Solution $150,000
PPE for the Continuation of the Construction of the CJC $2,000,000
Reopening Local Government Offices $664,000 $2,050,000
Court Streaming Solution $100,000
Ability to Collect Revenue Anywhere $250,000
TOTAL $76,071,363 $3,248,000

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15 thoughts on “Hogsett plans to spend $76M to help residents, businesses, government agencies affected by virus

  1. $3.6mm for new desktop computers. Never let a crisis go to waste…

    $5.5mm for a cloud-based phone system. Anyone at the IBJ challenging these items being “virus-related”?

    1. Andrew …You are so correct….About time these over killer s of the cities who act like Tyrants stand on their own merits…I want none of my tax dollars to bailout any city who did not protect businesses…

    1. The 20K for face cover awareness campaign is being recategorized as the false sense of security training program!
      $ 350,000 for street modifications for Expanded Outdoor Seating, with the lawlessness we saw in downtown Joe getting people inside the restaurants is going to be a challenge. Ask Prime 47 when the next time they will have outdoor seating, my guess never ever again. No sense in providing projectiles to throw through the windows for the Marxist thugs. Hogsett is got to be the dumbest and most unlucky Mayor. The day you open up outdoor seating is the day you tell your Police force to stand down, that’s leadership at it’s finest.

  2. For all you naysayers, take it up with your Congressional representatives. The funds have many strings and must be related to coronavirus responses and effects.

  3. How about something for all the arts organizations that have been affected by this overblown crisis? 20 million for contact tracing and testing?

  4. Holcomb and Hogsett need to pay all the business owners DT they did not protect from the vandalism and looting. The State has the surplus money they took from other departments where they cut funding. IDNR, specifically, IDOF budget is so low apparently, they resort to logging viable trees in all Indiana Forests to supplement their budget. This isn’t harvesting, forest management as they claim. These are acres and acres of good viable trees cut down because IDOF apparently doesn’t have enough money.

    Why do you think in Gov. Holcomb’s January 14, 2020 State of the State Address speech he mentions DNR planting 1
    million trees over the next 5 years? Is he trying to makeup for the millions of trees he has allowed DOF to cut down for money? It took many, many years for those viable trees to grow. Holcomb thinks his little saplings which will take one’s lifeline to grow, will replace the ones removed for profit.
    This is only one area that infuriates me. There were many programs where funding was cut to get the surplus.

    The State owes all the business owners compensation for all their losses. These businesses are what makes Downtown Indy great, and the State failed to protect them.