The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided $23.4 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response to the City and County of Denver. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of $131 million for Denver’s COVID-19 response to date, and $951 million statewide.
The funding was provided to the City and County of Denver for establishing and operating emergency shelters in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency sheltering services were provided to vulnerable members of the community needing isolation and quarantine. Such services include, but are not limited to, the following: facility leasing; staffing and support services; medical services; wraparound services; force account labor and supplies. This follows a previous award of $60.5 million, bringing the federal support for Denver’s vaccination mission to $83.9 million.
This funding is authorized under the January 21, 2021, Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense & the Secretary of Homeland Security and Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.
For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.
Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.