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Douglas County Board considers more pandemic relief efforts, announces additional $110 million

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 19:55:41-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Financial fallout continues for many families as a result of the pandemic. On Thursday, Douglas County Commissioner James Cavanaugh hosted a Health and Human Services Committee meeting at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center to discuss relief aimed at turning things around.

The Douglas County Board announced $110 million in additional relief funds aimed at boosting the economy over the next two years. The money will go toward food, housing, utilities and small business aid.

"We hope this is a real shot in the arm to our local community to put people back to work, get businesses up and going...get people back to school,” said Cavanaugh. "We're trying to get money into people's pockets so our economy turns around and we're back to prosperity."

So far, the county has given out about $166 million in CARES Act money with county expenditures making up the largest chunk.

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