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FLORENCE — County Manager Louis Andersen reported Wednesday that Pinal County will receive an additional $1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funding and is awaiting the rules on how it can be spent.

Andersen gave his report to the Board of Supervisors. Board Chairman Anthony Smith, R-Maricopa, asked if it will be distributed according to CDBG plans that the board recently approved.

Andersen replied that’s a good question, but another thing to consider is what the needs are. “We’ve received several calls on homelessness in various cities.” He said county staff would like to determine what the real needs are from COVID-19, especially for those with very low incomes, “and then present something to the board.”

Andersen reported that about 40% of Arizona residents have responded to the U.S. Census. In Pinal County the response rate is just under 37%, with varying rates in the cities and towns. Only about 31% have responded from Florence, while in Queen Creek the rate is 43.7%.

Supervisor Mike Goodman, R-San Tan Valley, asked if there is a way to show where the county’s responses are lagging, “and get that information out to the public.”

Andersen also reported Pinal County’s Arizona at Work partners have closed offices to the public in Casa Grande but are still taking appointments and serving the public online. He further reported two new email addresses. Individuals recently laid off or furloughed and seeking assistance, or seeking training opportunities, may email AnswersAboutWork@Rescare.com. Employers may write to EmployerResources@Rescare.com, Andersen said.

The board is not taking in-person public comments until further notice. Instead, the public may email comments to ClerkoftheBoard@pinal.gov before 5 p.m. the day before a scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting. Comments are limited to 250 words.

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