Nearly $51 million in grant funding for the construction of COVID-19 medical facilities is on its way to the state of Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.
That funding is coming from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and can also be used for the repurposing of existing structures that may be transformed into clinics, as well as the building of new group living facilities used to centralize COVID-19 patients.
Of the $51 million slated for Arizona, $20 million will target construction, upgrading, and land acquisition projects in the state’s two largest cities: Phoenix and Tucson.
Colorado is in line to receive up to $34 million in HUD funding also for the construction of COVID-19 care facilities and the upgrading and repurposing of existing structures that could serve similar purposes.
Of that figure, the Centennial State is getting $22 million in Emergency Solutions grant funding.
New Mexico, meanwhile, is getting a total of $16 million from HUD for COVID-19 facility initiatives.
Of that figure, just under $11 million is coming from HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program for medical facility construction; which will also pay for the replacement of HVAC systems in an existing structure that is being transformed into a COVID-19 treatment facility.
Exactly $5.5 million in funding will come through the agency’s Emergency Solutions Grant Program for building emergency homeless shelters in New Mexico, among other projects.
Altogether, HUD is providing some $2 billion nationally to build or repurpose existing structures for COVID-19 testing and treatment facilities.
By Garry Boulard
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