The city of St. Louis is expected to receive about $500 million dollars in federal relief aid this spring. This announcement came during a virtual press conference yesterday between St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, County Executive Dr. Sam Page and United States Congresswoman Cori Bush. Not only making up for lost revenue due to the global pandemic, but will help rollout more vaccinations in the coming months.
Krewson said yesterday during the conference, "There is a looming housing crisis, a looming eviction crisis. And so a lot of our funds we expect to be used to help the unhoused population, help people that have lost their jobs." Krewson will no longer be in office in April, but her expected replacement, Tishaura Jones, wants to prioritize the funds for housing assistance, helping small businesses and homeless services.
Congresswoman Bush said,, "It’s going to actually transform a lot for our communities, and I think that we will start to see the effects of that very soon."
A more detailed plan with the exact framework of how the funds will be distributed has not yet been announced.