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Resolution RS2020-478

A resolution proposing initial recommendations by the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee to the Mayor, the Director of Finance, and the Metropolitan Council for distribution of $10,000,000.00 in CARES Act funds from the COVID-19 Pandemic Fund No. 30009 to provide rent and mortgage payments and utilities payments, for Davidson County residents affected by COVID-19, to be administered by United Way of Greater Nashville using the Our Fair Share Nashville Preliminary Report submitted by The Equity Alliance and commissioned by the Mayor’s Office.

WHEREAS, on June 16, 2020, the Metropolitan Council passed Substitute Ordinance BL2020-286, the budget ordinance for the Metropolitan Government for Fiscal Year 2021, which was subsequently signed into law by Mayor John Cooper on June 17, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Substitute Ordinance BL2020-286 established a COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee (“the Committee”) to collect, consider, and recommend appropriate uses of all federal and state funds provided to the Metropolitan Government specifically for COVID-19 relief and recovery, including but not limited to, federal CARES Act funds, and to submit its initial recommendations to the Mayor, the Director of Finance, and the Metropolitan Council not later than August 3, 2020; and

WHEREAS, there are federal requirements for use of CARES Act funds that require that these funds be used or distributed on or before December 30, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the Committee recognizes an immediate and critical need to provide financial assistance in the form of rent and mortgage payments and utilities payments to benefit individuals in Davidson County who have suffered the most from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Committee accepts the Our Fair Share Nashville Preliminary Report of The Equity Alliance as an appropriate resource that accurately captures many of the zip codes in Davidson County with the most immediate need for such assistance; and

WHEREAS, based on the urgency with which these funds must be distributed and the expertise and familiarity that United Way of Greater Nashville (“United Way”) possesses with respect to distribution of CARES Act funds, United Way would be an appropriate administrator of these funds; and

WHEREAS, the Committee finds that distribution of these funds towards rent and mortgage payments and utilities payments should not be contingent on the ability to produce a social security number; and

WHEREAS, the Committee recognizes that there are pressing needs throughout Davidson County, including the need to assist small businesses, provide community support, and replace city resources spent fighting the pandemic, which the Committee intends to address in its subsequent recommendations; and

WHEREAS, it is to the benefit of the citizens of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and
Davidson County that this resolution be approved.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. The Metropolitan Council accepts this resolution as the initial recommendations of the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council requests the Mayor’s Office and the Director of Finance to release $10,000,000.00 in CARES Act funds to United Way of Greater Nashville, with 1.5% of this allocation used as an administration fee, as soon as possible to be administered in accordance with this Resolution.

Section 3. The Metropolitan Council directs United Way to distribute these funds to be used toward rent and mortgage payments and payments for utilities for Davidson County residents who are unable to make these payments as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that these distributions be made in accordance with the requirements of the federal CARES Act and the financial reporting requirements of the Director of Finance.

Section 4. The Metropolitan Council directs United Way to reference the Our Fair Share Nashville Preliminary Report of The Equity Alliance as an appropriate resource to prioritize individuals who should receive assistance, with the understanding that any resident of Davidson County unable to make these payments because of COVID-19 shall be considered eligible to receive assistance.

Section 5. The Metropolitan Council directs United Way to distribute these funds irrespective of the ability of beneficiaries to produce a social security number.

Section 6. The Metropolitan Council directs the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee to oversee United Way’s administration of these funds, to determine how the funds should be disbursed and allocated, and to establish reporting requirements to ensure that funds are distributed as required by this Resolution. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

1. Any organization that receives funds for distribution shall be required to use Charity Tracker in order to prevent duplication of effort as well as allowing for more streamlined reporting to this committee.
2. Any payments for Rent/Mortgage and Utilities shall be made directly to the Mortgage Company/Bank, Landlord, or Utility Company. Payments to individuals is prohibited.
3. Applications for financial support are prohibited from asking for a social security number.
4. Bi-weekly reporting from United Way to this committee is required. The required information includes but is not limited to the following:

a. Bi-weekly accounting of any disbursements of funds
b. Bi-weekly accounting of any and all fees related to the disbursement of these funds
c. Balance of funds remaining from the $10,000,000 allocation
d. Demographics of beneficiaries of any funds, including but not limited to Age, Race, Sex and Zip Code

Section 7. The Metropolitan Council directs that any funds that have not been disbursed by United Way by November 15, 2020, shall be immediately returned to the Metropolitan Government to be reallocated by the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee prior to December 30, 2020.

Section 8. This resolution shall take effect from and after its final passage, the welfare of the public requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Courtney Johnston, Sandra Sepulveda, Jennifer Gamble, Delishia Porterfield, Burkley Allen, Kyonzté Toombs, Joy Styles

Legislative History

Referred toBudget and Finance Committee

IntroducedAugust 4, 2020

AdoptedAugust 4, 2020

ApprovedAugust 5, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 08/06/2020 5:12 PM