The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides $4 billion in supplemental funds under HUD's Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) program to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Hawaii Homeless Programs Office (HPO) has received and contracted the entire $10,034,673 that has been designated for the neighbor islands. BTG is utilizing these funds to assist Hawaii’s low-income and most vulnerable households throughout the neighbor island counties of Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. Existing COVID-19 resources can be accessed through the following links:
On April 3, 2020, HUD began distributing award letters notifying ESG Program recipients of augmented funding authorized by the CARES Act. These additional ESG-CV funds are used to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 and to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19 among individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. BTG’s two-round allocation totaled $10,034,673. Of this, $9,525,258 (95%) has been allocated to homeless services providers on the neighbor islands to assist low-income households impacted by COVID-19. The remaining $509,415 was allocated to Ka Mana O Na Helu to provide HMIS and administrative activities. Follow the link above to learn more about how BTG is utilizing the funding.