(St. Paul, MN) -- St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has a plan to help families and small businesses suffering because of coronavirus. Carter made the proposal to the City Council yesterday for a three-and-a-quarter-million dollar emergency relief fund. Families with at least one student in Saint Paul Public Schools and an income at or less than 40-percent Area Median Income would be eligible for two-thousand dollars for rent or mortgage payment help if they've lost income from the pandemic. Seventy-five-hundred-dollar grants would also be available for small businesses to help pay suppliers, pay rent or the mortgage, meet payroll, and pay for employee health benefits. The city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board will vote on it April 1st.