The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Tuesday awarded Nevada $33,452,847 in grants meant to assist families who are experiencing homelessness in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most at-risk groups for transmission of COVID-19.
Funds from the grants will provide additional homeless assistance and will expand homelessness prevention to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
Sen. Jacky Rosen recently joined other Senate members in a bipartisan letter calling on HUD Secretary Ben Carson to release any remaining funds provided by the CARES Act for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, grants set aside for families and individuals experiencing homlessness.
“We must take every step to ensure that all Nevadans are properly protected during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Rosen in a statement. “I am glad to see that following my call for immediate release of ESG program funds, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has released this much-needed funding that will be used to ensure the health and safety of vulnerable Nevadans. I will continue working to ensure that Nevada receives its fair share of federal resources as we continue to weather the economic storm caused by the pandemic.”
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development funding in the CARES Act can be used for multiple purposes, including rental assistance, rapidly rehousing people on the verge of homelessness, or constructing treatment facilities, and “the grantees” — local governments — will largely determine how to direct funds.
Once funding is disbursed, municipalities could direct money to provide things like motel or hotel vouchers to people experiencing homelessness, build emergency shelters, or rapidly rehouse people to prevent homelessness.