RCRC strongly supports H.R. 6467, the “Coronavirus Community Relief Act” (CCRA), introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Joe Neguse (D-Colorado). CCRA would provide $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities, cities, and towns with a population of 500,000 or less that are struggling amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This direct funding is essential and much-needed to keep California’s rural residents safe by continuing to provide critical services at a meaningful rate. On Thursday, RCRC submitted a letter of support and appreciation to Representative Neguse for addressing what we believe is an oversight in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The letter is accessible here.

Last week, RCRC urged direct stabilization funding in a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi. The newly-introduced CCRA ensures that localities with a population of 500,000 or less would receive direct stabilization funds to address the outbreak as well as to financially recover once the public health emergency has passed.