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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Expanded hotel use among city’s strategies for combating Covid-19 among homeless population

Increased availability of public hygiene facilities, emergency food access, coordination with health care organizations and expanded use of local hotels for shelter are some of the steps the city has taken to assist the homeless community in the midst of…

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

City works out logistics to allow boards and commissions to meet virtually

After nearly a month of meetings being on hold, City Council voted last Thursday to temporarily waive a local ordinance requiring a quorum of board or commission members to be physically present in order for a meeting to take place.The…

Monday, March 30, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Local groups call for $10 million to help struggling families

Last Thursday, a coalition of community groups called on City Council to allocate $10 million in emergency spending to be distributed to families struggling financially due to the Covid-19 crisis.“By allowing impacted families experiencing financial hardship brought by Covid-19 to…

Monday, March 30, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Advocacy groups push for fast, centralized aid for musicians impacted by Covid-19 spread

More than a dozen local music nonprofits have signed on in support of City Council’s recent move to create aid programs to address the business impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a letter sent last week calling for quick relief…

Friday, March 27, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council adopts anti-eviction ordinance: Tenant advocates call it a ‘Band-Aid solution’

City Council adopted a 60-day suspension on evictions Thursday that will buy tenants two months before a landlord can seek to evict them for missed rent payments. Many renters and local advocates, however, say the ordinance only kicks the can…

Friday, March 27, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Council wants ‘bridge aid’ for residents, businesses ahead of federal COVID-19 help

City Council directed staff to move quickly in the coming weeks to allocate direct payments and other forms of aid to residents and small businesses that have taken a severe financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic.A wide-reaching item passed on…

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