HUD announced the allocation of $2.96 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to job loss, wage reduction, or illness related to COVID-19. This allocation is part of the $4 billion Congress provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. HUD has allocated $3.96 billion, and the remaining $40 million will be used to provide support to those communities receiving funds.

This latest allocation may be used to:

  • Make more emergency shelters available for homeless individuals and families.
  • Operate emergency shelters by providing food, rent, security, maintenance, repair, fuel, equipment, insurance, utilities, furnishings, and supplies necessary for their operation.
  • Provide Hotel/Motel Vouchers for homeless families and individuals.
  • Provide essential services to people experiencing homelessness including childcare, education services, employment assistance, outpatient health services, legal services, mental health services, substance abuse treatment services, and transportation.
  • Prevent individuals from becoming homeless and rapidly rehouse homeless individuals.