Coronavirus Relief Funding and Realignment Backfill for Counties
The California Department of Finance (DoF) released initial information tonight regarding Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) and Realignment backfill funding for counties on a new DoF COVID-19 Information website.
The state is recommending parsing the county allocation of both funding sources in installments, with one-twelfth of the Realignment and one-sixth of the CRF funding due to counties in late July. To be eligible for both funding opportunities, counties are required to sign a CRF certification form and a “County General Fund COVID-19 Allocation” certification form, due by July 10, promising to comply with federal and state health orders and guidance related to the COVID-19 emergency.
CSAC is in continued conversation with the Governor and DoF on the above information and is strongly advocating for the state to release as much of these funds to counties as soon as administratively possible. CSAC is also advocating for clarity on the compliance issue. Without this critical funding, counties cannot continue to respond to the rising pandemic, increased need for safety net services, and the effects of the worst economic downturn in a century.
The new site includes a slightly-modified list of CRF allocations to counties, which were updated with new population statistics since being published in the May Revision. CSAC is continuing to consult with the DoF to develop an allocation for the Realignment backfill funding as directed by the State Budget Act of 2020.