Gutwein, Pressel: Starke County receives $75K in COVID-19 response funding

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, May 11, 2020 1:12 pm

STATEHOUSE (May 11, 2020) – Starke County recently received $75,000 in coronavirus relief to support rural Hoosiers, according to State Reps. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) and Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie).

"This funding means a lot for rural communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak," Gutwein said. "With these dollars, we can help support some of our most vulnerable Hoosiers who may not have access to essential supplies."

 Starke County was awarded the funds to establish a service through a local non-profit to deliver needed supplies to quarantined individuals or those who are medically vulnerable.

 "With smaller budgets and less dense populations, our rural communities are currently facing very unique challenges as a result of this public health emergency," Pressel said. "This money will go a long way to ensure more Hoosiers can access critical resources."

In March, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05, which allowed the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to redirect Community Development Block Grant funds to assist with COVID-19 needs. As a result, the COVID-19 Response Program was created to address the immediate impacts of the public health emergency on Indiana’s rural communities. So far, 62 communities received funding through the COVID-19 Response Program.

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 State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
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State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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