What this new Announcement Means for Supportive Housing & Homeless Response
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the remaining $2.96 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding allocations to support homeless Americans and individuals at risk of becoming homeless because of hardships such as job loss, wage reduction, or illness due to COVID-19. You can view the breakdown of state and territory funding allocations here and learn more about the formula for how the allocations were awarded here.
The CSH CARES Act overview for supportive housing and homeless response providers offers a breakdown of the CARES act funding and includes recommended uses for: the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund, Emergency Solutions Grant and Community Development Block Grants/Coronavirus (CBBG-CV).
Following yesterday's announcement we have updated our CARES Act Overview. Our recommendations for using ESG in supportive housing and homeless response to COVID-19 include:
- Leasing motels/hotels for isolation/social distancing and reduce density in shelters and housing
- Acquiring/operate emergency shelter
- Purchasing personal protective equipment
- Housing stability case management
- Housing navigation services to support people moving into non-congregate settings and out of non-congregate settings into permanent housing