Bangor has no plans to provide $4.8 million in unspent pandemic relief funds

Bangor city councilors have made a decision on the last of 60 applications submitted by local groups seeking a piece of the more than $20 million in pandemic relief funding the city received more than two years ago .

Councilors voted 5-2 on Wednesday to fully fund the Bangor Health Equity Alliance’s request for approximately $694,700 to establish a resource at the organization’s location at 304 Hancock Street center. The center will serve individuals most affected by substance use disorders, homelessness and mental health disorders.

The vote on the last of the initial 60 applications raised the question of what will happen with remaining funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Before Wednesday’s awards, the city had about $4.8 million left, which it must earmark by Dec. 31, 2024, and spend by the end of 2027.

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