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Phoenix Council OKs $3M in coronavirus funds for refugees

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Posted at 11:45 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 14:46:00-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix City Council has approved $3 million in federal relief funds for the area’s refugees caught up in the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic after being resettled here with U.S. government approval.

Council members Tuesday approved Mayor Kate Gallego’s proposal for the funding to help people who came to the U.S. fleeing violence or persecution in their home countries only to lose their new jobs in food service, hospitality and other industries disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

U.S. lawmakers added $350 million to the State Department’s budget for migration and refugee assistance in coronavirus aid approved earlier this year.