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CARES Act: Homeless Assistance Grants

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020 provides support for housing and community development agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.

    One-time supplemental funding from the CARES Act will be divided between three existing grant programs:

    • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) - Funding may be used for a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of infectious diseases such as the coronavirus. This includes, but is not limited to the bulleted activities below. More information on each bullet is available to view at:
      • Buildings and Improvements, including Public Facilities 
      • Assistance to Businesses, including Special Economic Development Assistance 
      • Provision of New or Quantifiably Increased Public Services 
      • Planning, Capacity Building, and Technical Assistance 
    • Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) - Funding may be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance. The funds will also support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
    • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Grants - Funding may be used by existing HOPWA grantees as additional funding to maintain operations and for rental assistance, supportive services, and other necessary actions, in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. Activities for which grantees may use the supplemental grant funds include, for example:
      • Assisting HOPWA eligible households in accessing essential services and supplies such as food, water, medications, medical care, and information 
      • Educating assisted households on ways to reduce the risk of getting sick or spreading infectious diseases such as COVID-19 to others
      • Providing transportation services for eligible households, including costs for privately-owned vehicle transportation when needed, to access medical care, supplies, and food or to commute to places of employment
      • Providing nutrition services for eligible households in the form of food banks, groceries, and meal deliveries
      • Providing lodging at hotels, motels, or other locations to quarantine HOPWA-eligible persons or their household members
      • Providing short-term rent, mortgage, and utility (STRMU) assistance payments to prevent homelessness of a tenant or mortgagor of a dwelling for a period of up to 24 months

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

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  • Eligibility Details

    Nearly all funding will be distributed via formula to existing recipients of HUD funding from the CDBG, ESG, and HOPWA grant programs.

    Local entities interested in CDBG funding for their small communities (towns of less than 50,000 residents; counties of less than 200,000 residents) should contact their state CDBG representative for information about pass-through funding. A list of state contacts may be viewed at:

    Deadline Details

    Funding was distributed directly to eligible applicants in April 2020. This is anticipated to be a one-time funding opportunity.

    Award Details

    One-time supplemental funding from the CARES Act will be divided between three existing grant programs:

    1. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) - Up to $5,000,000,000 is available in additional, one-time funding.
    2. Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) - Up to $4,000,000,000 is available in additional, one-time funding.
    3. Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Grants - Up to $65,000,000 is available in additional, one-time funding. Funding will be distributed by formula (non-competitive).

    A list of allocations may be viewed at:

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