Saint Louis, MO

Greater St Louis Labor Council Supports Mayor O. Jones' $80 Million Direct Relief Proposal

George Vandervalk

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ST. LOUIS, MO — The Greater St. Louis Labor Council declared its support for Mayor Tishaura O. Jones’ intention to allocate $80 million in American Rescue Plan Act direct relief funds to address the root causes of crime, develop vaccination efforts and give urgent economic assistance to families.

“This $80 million direct relief plan was informed by the needs and input of working people from neighborhoods across our city,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “I am proud to have the support of the labor movement as we use these initial funds to protect working families and make our communities safer.”

“Mayor Jones’ proposal takes into account the support working people need as our economy begins to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Greater St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White. “Organized labor hopes the Board of Aldermen moves quickly to get much-needed relief to the working families of St. Louis.”

This first infusion of funds is the crucial first step towards a fair recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, will deliver direct and urgent relief to help St. Louis families support themselves and stabilize neighborhoods across the city, laying the groundwork for long-term growth and investment.

The administration is requesting the Board of Aldermen to approve these funds as soon as possible to ensure continuity of COVID-related services since CARES Act funding for rental assistance will be expired on the first day of July.

Citizens can find the highlights of Mayor O. Jones’ plan with the $80 million by clicking this link: https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/mayor/news/arpa-funds.cfm.

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