Lee Aug. 4

The Metro Nashville City Council recently approved $10 million in CARES Act funding to help Nashville residents with mortgage, rent and utility relief. 

The council said it wanted to ease the burden felt by people in Nashville who are struggling due to COVID-19. 

The $10 million will go to the United Way. Local nonprofits can apply for the funds, and the United Way will award it to the individual nonprofits. 

Residents who need the help can go to the nonprofits, and the nonprofits will send direct payments to landlords, utility companies and mortgage lenders. 

"This is the first of many resolutions to be presented to this body from the COVID-19 financial oversight committee," said Councilman Courtney Johnston. "When looking at the overwhelming need and the timeline of initial and final recommendations due, it became a priority of this committee that we act with a sense of urgency to address the immediate needs of our most vulnerable citizens."

The United Way was chosen to distribute the funds because it already has the procedures in place. The United Way has to report to the committee on a biweekly basis.

The council hoped residents could apply for the funds in about a month.

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