As a result of the declared emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ruth Clavell received from the City of Homestead and the Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) a grant established to help small businesses, which, like hers, had to close when the pandemic started and the city decided to go on lockdown in March.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the small business community. The city started implementing intervention programs to help businesses recover from the crisis. Therefore, the CRA began offering emergency assistance grants for small businesses located within the Community Redevelopment Area boundaries.
Ruth applied and qualified for the CRA Small Business Emergency Recovery Grant, which gave her $5,000. “This grant was a blessing from God because it helped me pay the rent that I was behind for three months, as due to the emergency, I was forced to close the business,” said Ruth.