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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Announces $124 Million FEMA Grant for the State of Michigan to Combat Coronavirus

April 24, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) announced a total of $124,604,816.63 in grants awarded to the state of Michigan from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The money comes through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) grant program, which supports communities’ recoveries from major disasters by providing them with grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring public infrastructure. The funding has been awarded to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies.

“Michigan has been one of the hardest hit states by COVID-19, ranking seventh in confirmed cases and third in reported deaths across the country. This funding is critical to aid our hospitals and protect frontline workers,” said Rep. Lawrence. “The shortage of PPE across the country has put the lives of doctors and nurses at risk as they work to treat patients sick with COVID-19. Providing frontline workers with the necessary protection can slow the spread of this virus and prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed. Michigan cannot fully respond to this pandemic without federal assistance. This grant will help keep Michiganders safe as mitigation efforts continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

 

Background:

  • FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program supports communities recovering from major disasters;
  • Michigan has been awarded $166 million to respond to COVID-19;
  • Michigan has the seventh most reported cases of COVID-19, and third most deaths, and;
  • This money will go towards the purchase of PPE and medical supplies.