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Kansas gets creative in using federal COVID-19 aid


December 23, 2020

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — In north Lawrence, the city set up 20 white-and-gray tents in a park to house people who are homeless.

It's not health care, or COVID-19 tests, but federal coronavirus tax dollars are paying for the camp.

"If we put our homeless population into the shelter, there's a higher chance that they'll get the virus and then they'll spread it across the community," Douglas County Commissioner Patrick Kelly said.

The camp marks but one example of the creative ways communities are using the federal money. They scrambled to spend the cash before a deadline at the end of December...

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