The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides $4 billion in supplemental funds under the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) program, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The State of Hawaii, through the Homeless Programs Office of the Department of Human Services (DHS), received and allocated $1,567,697 in July 2020, and is eligible to receive an additional $8,466,976 under HUD’s second and final release of ESG-CV funds. DHS is utilizing these funds to assist Hawaii’s low-income families and most vulnerable citizens in the neighbor island counties of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. Existing COVID-19 resources can be accessed through the following links.
On April 3, 2020, HUD began distributing award letters notifying Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program recipients of their supplemental allocation of ESG funds as authorized by the CARES Act, Public Law 116-136. These special ESG-CV funds are 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 support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The first allocation, totaling $1 billion, was based on HUD’s FY 2020 formula allocation. BTG’s round one allocation totaled $1,567,697. Of this amount, $1,481,631 (94.5%) was contracted to direct service providers on the neighbor islands to assist low-income households impacted by COVID-19. Follow the link above to learn more about how BTG is utilizing the funding.