January 13, 2021

The Root: Democratic Lawmakers Ask HHS to Allocate Portion of COVID-19 Relief Funds to Grassroots Groups in Communities of Color

In the midst of a vaccine rollout plagued by slowdowns as well as lingering suspicions from Black Americans and others about trusting the government’s response, Democrats are calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to direct funds from the recently passed $900 billion COVID relief bill to grassroots organizations in communities of color so they can conduct testing and other coronavirus related outreach.

This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with other Democratic lawmakers, wrote HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting that money from the stimulus be allocated in grants to faith-based and community-based organizations that serve African Americans, Latinos, and Indigenous people—communities hardest hit by the coronavirus.


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By:  Ishena Robinson
Source: The Root