Little Rock Government

Federal Funds To Aid Little Rock Renters, First Responders

Apr 9, 2020
Frank Scott Jr.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The City of Little Rock now has almost $2 million in federal grant money to help with the city’s COVID-19 response. Two federal programs contributed to the grant award, which will help fund the city’s Emergency Management Division and the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump late last month, awarded the city’s Housing and Neighborhood Programs department over $960,000. Almost $880,000 of those funds will go to the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. 


Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. asked residents for their continued support and cooperation in his second State of the City address Thursday night, particularly in the form of approving a one-cent sales tax increase.

Scott, who made history in 2018 as Little Rock’s first popularly-elected black mayor, told the audience at the downtown headquarters of Heifer International the tax hike would fund infrastructure and early childhood education.

Daniel Breen / KUAR News

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott , Jr. delivered his first State of the City address of his term Thursday at Horace Mann Arts and Science Magnet Middle School.

Scott began by thanking the city's Board of Directors and the citizens who elected him.

"Every day that I step foot in [City Hall], I do so with great humility knowing that the only reason that I'm there is because you shared my vision of unifying Little Rock," Scott said. "We did this together."

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A donation drive to help furloughed federal workers in Little Rock is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. The initiative, known as Little Rock Cares, was started by federal employees at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport as a way of helping each other during the partial government shutdown.

Airport spokesman Shane Carter said it was expanded to a citywide effort when the needs outstripped the resources of airport employees.

Frank Scott Jr. Transition Team
David Monteith / KUAR News

New Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has begun working to determine how best to achieve the goals he laid out during his campaign. On Monday, Scott convened the first meeting of his transition team which includes a board of directors and a team of advisors.

"What I hope will come out of this is a transition report that will serve as a playbook for my administration the next four years," Scott said.

Sarah Kellogg / KUAR News

The first new mayor in 12 years is officially leading the city of Little Rock. Frank Scott Jr. took his inaugural oath on Tuesday, the first day of the new year.

During the general election, Scott came up short of the votes needed to win the mayoral election, forcing a runoff election between Scott and Baker Kurrus. Scott ultimately won, earning over 22,000 votes. Scott is the first elected black mayor of Little Rock.