Emergency Solutions Grant – CARES (ESG-CV) – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) provided for a supplemental appropriation of Homeless Assistance Grants under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) as authorized by McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (P.L. 100-77), as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-22) (42 U.S.C.S.§11371 et. seq.). The CARES Act appropriated a total of $4 billion in supplemental ESG CARES Act funding (ESG-CV) nationwide.
The CARES Act provides for two allocations of homeless assistance funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus.
Eligible activities include activities listed in the Emergency Solutions Grant Interim Rule, published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2011 and the Notice CPD 20-08 released September 1, 2020. ESG-CV funds may be used for any single activity or combination of eligible activities as outlined below and address the priorities and any published supplemental requirements of the CARES Act in order to prepare for, prevent the spread of and respond to the coronavirus.
- Emergency Shelter
- Temporary Emergency Shelter
- Rapid Rehousing
- Homelessness Prevention
- Landlord Incentives
- Street Outreach
- Hazard Pay
- Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)