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HUD Recovery Funds Going to Fla. Counties, Cities

Existing HUD programs will allocate recovery funds to states, counties and cities via existing programs. It calculated dollar amounts using existing grant formulas.

WASHINGTON – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) became law last Friday to help the U.S. combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday the amount of the housing funds that will be allocated to states, cities and counties.

Each HUD program has its own funding, but at least 84 separate levels of Florida government will receive some amount of funding. Miami-Dade County, for example, will receive $11,659,071 through two programs, while cities will also receive funds. Miami itself, for example, will receive $6,598,623 through three programs.

An Excel spreadsheet listing dollar amounts for all HUD programs and the amount being distributed to states, counties and cities can be downloaded through HUD’s website.

According to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, the funds will be awarded quickly and be accompanied by new guidance that cuts red tape so grantees can quickly help their communities.

HUD is making $3.064 billion available through its Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS programs.

$2 billion: HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program

  • Construct medical facilities for testing and treatment.
  • Acquire a motel or hotel building to expand capacity of hospitals to accommodate isolation of patients during recovery.
  • Replace HVAC systems to temporarily transform commercial buildings or closed school buildings into clinics or treatment centers.
  • Support businesses manufacturing medical supplies.
  • Construct a group living facility to centralize patients undergoing treatment.
  • Carry out job training of health care workers and technicians who are available to treat disease within a community.

$1 billion: HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grants program

  • Build more emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families.
  • Operate emergency shelters by providing maintenance, rent, repair, security, fuel, equipment, insurance, utilities, food, furnishings, and supplies necessary for the operation.
  • Provide Hotel/Motel Vouchers for homeless families or individuals.
  • Provide essential services to people experiencing homelessness including childcare, education services, outreach, 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.

$63.7 million: HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

  • Increase the level of safe, stable housing for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and their household members, by providing rental and utility assistance and other short-term lodging assistance to address isolation and self-quarantine needs.
  • Ensure access to HIV medical care and treatment, chemical dependency treatment and mental health treatment.
  • Provide persons with compromised immune systems with nutritional services and assistance with daily living.
  • Assist in job training and placement assistance.

To cut red tape for specific need related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carson says the money gives governments:

  • The authority to provide housing assistance payments for rent, mortgage, utilities for up to 24 months.
  • The authority to use funds to self-isolate, quarantine or provide other CDC-recommended infection control services for household members not living with HIV/AIDS.
  • The authority to use funds to provide relocation services (including lodging at hotels, motels, or other locations) for persons living with HIV/AIDS and household members not living with HIV/AIDS.

Carson says that additional funds will follow. While the CARES Act allows HUD to broaden the reach of its existing grant programs funded by the remaining $9.136 billion in CARES Act funding, new grant formulas must be written for the distribution.

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