In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant funded the City of Waterloo Community Development office with a formula allocation from the first round of CDBG-CV funding to be used specifically for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus. This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed on March 27, 2020.

Waterloo Community Development accepted applications from qualifying local candidates. These approved applications met a National Objective, provided an Eligible Activity, AND have shown that they will prevent, prepare for, or respond to the Coronavirus. The list of approved organizations receiving grant awards are listed below, with what they will assist with and how to contact them.

A total of $589,782 was available to qualifying projects within the City of Waterloo through the first wave of CDBG-CV funding. Additional applications are still in the evaluation process.

Family Management Financial Solutions Inc.

Provide mortgage assistance

Grin and Grow Child Care

Providing fund gap to daycare for additional age groups to allow families with children not attending school to be able to continue employment

Northeast Iowa Food Bank

Approved to fill the gap in the amount of food that has been purchased for residents as a response to loss of employment and hardship due to COVID-19- Increase of need.

Salvation Army

Emergency Shelter and fill the gap caused by the increase of homeless individuals

Operation Threshold

Utility Assistance to Waterloo residents showing hardship due to COVID-19

Iowa Legal Aid

Legal services to low income individuals who have COVID-19 related work, housing or other pandemic related legal issues.