Stevens Convenes Teleconference to Secure Funding for Livonia
WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) convened an emergency video teleconference with Livonia Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan, State Senator Dayna Polehanki, State Representative Laurie Pohutsky, Wayne County Commissioner Terry Marecki, and officials from the State of Michigan, Wayne County, and the City of Livonia, to discuss a path forward to secure desperately-needed funding for Livonia.
Livonia, the ninth largest municipality in Michigan, has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, with the second-most deaths in the state of Michigan and one of the highest mortality rates in the country. Despite their great need, Livonia ranks 33rd out of 38 cities in the state receiving CDBG funds distributed through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
“As we work to address the coronavirus pandemic, funding for localities must be distributed to the communities with the most urgent needs,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “Livonia residents have been let down by a decades-old funding formula that does not take the severity of the outbreak we are fighting today into consideration. That is unacceptable, and I am fighting my heart out to make sure Livonia has the funding they need to address this crisis, and to save lives and livelihoods.”
“We are going to continue to fight for Livonia’s fair share,” said Livonia Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan. “The financial implications and long-term ramifications of COVID-19 are going to be a part of our budgeting and planning for years and years to come. I appreciate Congresswoman Stevens’ advocacy for Livonia, and her efforts to bring stakeholders together to secure the funding we need.”
This week, Rep. Stevens sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi asking for funds for state and local governments to be disbursed in a method that reaches the communities like Livonia that are most impacted by the pandemic.