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Belton City Council approves assistance for residents in need | KWKT

BELTON, Texas (FOX 44) – A new initiative from the Belton City Council and the United Way of Central Texas offers residents struggling to pay their rent or utility bills a way to find relief.

On April 26, the city council agreed to make $300,000 in relief funds available to residents struggling with the economic effects of COVID-19. United Way of Central Texas will distribute the funds.

“I am proud that City Council has chosen to allocate funds to directly assist Beltonians who are still dealing with the financial impact of COVID,” said Belton Mayor Wayne Carpenter. “I appreciate the partnership of United Way of Central Texas to distribute funds to those in need.”

Residents can apply for up to $3,000 in assistance for housing, utilities (electricity, gas, and water/sewer), internet/phone, or HOP bus services. The application process involves completing an application found on the United Way website website.

The aid comes from $5.6 million in federal funds allocated to Belton under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which aims to help Americans through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March, the city council authorized the application of $100,000 of ARPA funding to overdue utility bills. This new allowance opens up assistance to Belton residents for urban and non-urban utilities, as well as other common living expenses.

On May 10, the city council will consider allocating an additional $1.15 million in ARPA funds for food relief ($300,000) and small business support ($850,000).