Napa to spread federal pandemic grants across rent assistance, senior meals, child care | Local News

Two $30,000 portions of the grant will be overseen by Community Action Napa Valley to fund Meals on Wheels and the Napa Food Bank’s seniors’ brown-bag program. Napa Emergency Women’s Services, which was allotted $25,000, will use its share to shelter domestic violence survivors in local motels. 

Other slices of federal funding include $50,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley, and another $50,000 to Fair Housing Napa Valley. ParentsCAN will receive $5,250 for meal deliveries.

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The remaining $30,000 will be used for administrative costs, the only funding not set aside for direct aid.

Council members approved the package of grants, but on a narrow 3-2 vote, as Vice Mayor Liz Alessio and Bernie Narvaez sought an alternative plan to direct $25,000 to Puertas Abiertas, even though city officials said the nonprofit, which has provided food, rent and utility bill assistance to Napa’s Latino community, did not apply for the latest round of funding.

“Puertas Abiertas is a safe harbor for many Latinx residents who don’t have the immigration status” to receive aid through other channels, said Alessio, who took part in the meeting by video link after being exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. A share of the federal funds would help tide the agency through a $25,000 shortfall that has mounted with the cancellation of five fundraisers due to social distancing rules, she said.